It is not always easy to see what is going on inside the body and so we may suggest an x-ray for your pet to help determine what is wrong. X-rays can be helpful in identifying the sizes of organs and if there is gas present and also we may see some foreign objects such as if your pet has swallowed a stone or eaten part of a bone.
We rely on the pets being perfectly still to get good radiographs. The best way is usually a general anaesthetic or a deep sedation as we are not allowed by law to expose any of our staff or owners to radiation.
As we have a state of the art digital processor it allows very rapid development of the radiographs and less time for pets to be under general anaesthetic. These radiographs can be easily stored for any future reference as they are stored digitally.
X-rays are very useful to see broken bones, arthritis, enlarged hearts, and some of the abdominal organs. Once we know the organs involved we will often do further tests such as ultrasound, endoscopy or histopathology to diagnose the cause of the disease.
If we take x-rays of your pet we will always try to show you on the radiograph what is going on. You will be free to ask any questions and we will do our best to help you understand your pet’s condition.
If you would like any more information then phone 01621 818282 (Tiptree Veterinary Centre) or 01206 561407 (Willows Veterinary Centre) to book an appointment with one of our vets. You can also visit our websites at www.tiptreevets.co.uk or www.willows-vets.co.uk