Our team here at Champlain Animal Hospital uses ultrasound and X-rays as non-invasive tools to see inside your pet. These tools help us to properly diagnose your pet and obtain a more comprehensive picture of their overall health. If you have any further questions about our ultrasound and X-ray services, please do not hesitate to call us at 705.742.4243.
Will x-rays harm my pet?
No, in fact, these scans are minimally invasive. Before your pet is tested, we make sure that they wear protective gear to protect them from the low levels of radiation that are projected by the machine. Protective sunglasses and body vests are usually the types of protective gear that we put on our patients.
Can I hold my pet during their scan?
To keep you safe, and to follow safety regulations people (other than our technicians) are not allowed to be in the X-ray room. That being said, you can have peace of mind knowing that your pet is in good and expert hands. Our technicians perform these diagnostics almost everyday, and they will know how to comfort your pet throughout the procedure.
Why would my pet need an X-ray?
Your veterinarian might ask for an X-ray when diagnosing your pet of any possible conditions. X-rays are also given if your pet accidentally swallows an item, if they have any tumours or if they break any bones.
Will my dog or cat need to be sedated during their X-ray?
Most pets are sedated and put under anesthesia during their scans. This will allow us to get the most accurate images. It will also be better for pets who have anxiety, and also for scans that would require them to be placed in awkward positions. For some pets like those who are extremely calm, manual restraint may be sufficient, but sedation is the norm.