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X-Rays for Dogs

X-rays are an essential tool used to diagnose health conditions in dogs. In this post, our Vancouver vets explain how X-rays for dogs are done, and what you can expect from the procedure. 

X-Rays for Your Dog 

X-rays are one of the most helpful and frequently used diagnostic tools in both human and veterinary healthcare. X-rays allow us to assess your dog's internal systems and reveal information that our eyes may not be able to see. 

Fractured bones, enlarged organs, foreign objects, tumors, pregnancy and more can all be detected with X-rays. In circumstances where a detailed look at tissues, organs, and ligaments can't be obtained with an X-ray technology, other diagnostic imaging techniques such as ultrasound or MRI may be more suitable. 


Sedation will be required to obtain a clear X-ray in some circumstances. If your dog is calm and isn't in too much pain, they may be able to slide in a comfortable position while your vet is taking the X-ray, and sedation may not be required. 

However, your veterinarian may recommend sedation if your dog won't settle down, or is anxious or in pain. Sedation may also be required if your pet's muscles need to be relaxed so a clear image can be captured. 

Safety of X-Rays for Dogs 

Radiography is a safe, painless, and non-invasive diagnostic method that uses very low levels of radiation. Since the level of radiation exposure required to capture X-rays is so low, it's even safe to take X-rays of pregnant dogs. 

If you're concerned about the use of X-ray technology or the potential sedation required, speak with your veterinarian. They will help give you an understanding of the risks versus the benefits in your dog's particular case, so you will be able to decide whether you want your dog to undergo the procedure.

Cost of a Dog X-Ray

There is a wide range of factors that go into determining the cost of your dog's X-rays including the area being X-rayed, your dog's size, if sedation was used, your location, the vet you are seeing, and more. Your vet can provide you with an estimate for the cost of the X-ray before moving forward with the procedure.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Do you have questions about X-rays for dogs? Contact our Vancouver vets for more information.

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