If your veterinarian has recommended an x-ray for your pet, you may be apprehensive about the procedure. Concerns about safety, cost, and the possibility of a terminal diagnosis can make pet owners hesitant to follow through with an x-ray, but there’s no reason to worry. X-rays are safe, effective procedures that allow veterinarians to get a more in-depth look at your pet’s overall health! In this post, we’ll discuss what you need to know about having an x-ray done on your pet, what information it can yield, and how it’s an easy and cost-effective way to ensure your pet is in the best health possible.
What is an X-Ray?
An x-ray, also called a radiograph, is simply a picture of the internal structures of the body made with electromagnetic waves. These waves can pass through the skin and produce an image of the bones, organs, and other tissues.
What Conditions Can X-Rays Diagnose in Pets?
X-rays can do much more than just show a broken bone. X-ray images are used to diagnose many conditions in our furry friends, including:
- Organ issues or damage
- Soft tissue injuries
- Bladder stones and blockages
- Ingestion of a foreign object
- Intestinal blockages
An x-ray gives your veterinarian a much clearer picture of what is going on with your pet so they can develop a treatment or prevention plan that best fits your pet’s unique needs.
What Can I Expect During My Pet’s X-Rays?
Taking x-rays is a quick and painless process. Since your pet must remain still during x-ray imaging, they may need to be sedated for the procedure. Talk with your vet if you have concerns about sedating your pet. During the x-ray, your pet will simply lie still in one position as the electromagnetic waves are passed through their body, creating a digital x-ray image that can usually be viewed instantly. Your pet may need to be repositioned several times to get all the necessary views since x-rays are 2D images. After the x-rays are complete, your veterinarian will review the images and discuss their treatment recommendations with you.
How Much Do X-Rays Cost?
Your vet will explain what areas need to be imaged. The exact cost for your pet’s x-rays will depend on the complexity of their individual case. Many pet insurances offer x-ray coverage as well, so always check with your pet insurance provider first if you have one. We will clearly explain and get your approval for all estimated charges prior to completing any procedures.
Pet X-Rays in Tampa Bay
If you live in Tampa Bay and your pet needs after-hours or weekend care, including x-rays, trust the veterinary professionals at Pet Urgent Care of Wesley Chapel to handle your pet’s illness or injury with care, compassion, and competence. Contact us at (813) 279-6500 to discuss your pet’s urgent care needs. We are located at 27027 SR 56, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544, and are open:
- Monday through Friday from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
- Saturday from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm
- Sunday from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm