X-ray Services for Pets
X-rays help our veterinary team understand the inner workings of your pet’s body. Though internal issues might manifest as external issues, X-rays provide the best confirmation, especially when we have a working diagnosis. Over the years, advancements in technology have created digital X-rays that have less radiation exposure and create faster imaging of your pets. If you have questions or concerns about your pet’s upcoming X-ray procedure, please contact us at 604.544.7387.
NOTE: Our team provides only X-rays at this time. Ultrasounds are currently not available at our practice.
What parts of my pet’s body can you see with an X-ray?
Digital X-rays help us to see your pet’s full body. There are a few X-rays we do most frequently. We might do an abdominal X-ray if we need a better picture of your pet’s abdomen, stomach and bladder stones as well as detecting pregnancies. If any of these organs are shaped irregularly, that is an indication of a health concern we’ll examine more closely. Chest X-rays help us to assess their heart and lungs. Orthopedic X-rays detect fractures and bone structures irregularities.
Will my pet be in pain during the procedure?
No, we try our best to make sure this is a painless procedure. Pets need to be as still as possible during their X-rays to make sure we capture the best internal picture. We might provide you with a gentle sedative for your pet before their appointment, especially if they tend to squirm or move around a lot. Alternatively, we will administer the sedative during the appointment to ensure your pet is feeling as little stress as possible. Also, we use digital X-rays, which capture images in 6 seconds, limiting your pet’s exposure to radiation.
How can I prepare my pet for their appointment?
Always consult our veterinary team for specific things you’ll need to do to prepare for your pet’s upcoming appointment. Generally, it’s helpful if your pet arrives to their appointment on an empty stomach. This is especially helpful if we’re taking an abdominal X-ray. It’s also recommended that pets who need sedation fast beforehand.