Radiography

Our Clinic is fully equipped with computer and dental radiographs to take X-rays of your pet.  Our veterinarians will discuss your pet’s case and conduct a thorough physical examination to determine if your pet requires radiographs. Radiographs are a very important tool to help us diagnose diseases in animals, particularly for conditions involving bones, the chest or abdomen, and the mouth.

 

What happens to my pet when it is booked in for radiographs?

Most of our patients are admitted into hospital for the day to have radiographs taken, unless it is an emergency and we’ll take them immediately. We ask that you bring your pet in unfed on the morning of admission, as they will most likely be sedated or anaesthetised to allow us to take the best quality radiographs possible.

Once the radiographs have been taken we will give you a call or book an appointment for our veterinarians to show you the images and to discuss the diagnosis and treatment plan for your pet.

 

Why should I have dental radiographs taken?

80% of dogs and 70% of cats over 3 years of age suffer from periodontal disease.  During an oral examination the Vet or Nurse is able to detect plaque and identify obvious tooth abnormalities but this is mainly restricted to the front teeth as our pets do not like having their mouths opened to the extent that a full examination can take place.  It is only when the pet is sedated that a full examination can take place but even then, intraoral radiographs have revealed underlying issues in 28% of dogs and 42% of cats where no abnormal findings were found on oral examination.

The radiograph allows the vet to see the complete tooth and root system and advise the owner of impending issues that may develop into serious problems.  It also provides us with a visual history of our pet's mouth.

 

Why do pets need to be sedated or anaesthetised to have radiographs taken?

When we have radiographs (X-rays) taken the radiographer asks us to keep perfectly still, often in unnatural positions.  Most pets would never lie still enough, in the correct position, for us to take good quality radiographs required to diagnose their condition. Sedation and anaesthesia allow us to get the most useful radiographs possible without causing your pet distress or discomfort.