Radiographs allow veterinarians to look at the internal structures of your pet. Alexandria Veterinary Clinic is fitted with the latest developments in x-ray equipment. Our digital radiography suites allow superior imaging in the shortest amount of time
Taking a radiograph of your pet is a safe procedure for your pet. Often a light sedative is given to help your pet from becoming over anxious, and keep them calm and happy. Some X-rays that require animals to lie in awkward positions such as hip X-rays or after a fracture generally require a general anaesthetic.
Bones disease that may be diagnosed using radiographs include fractures, osteoarthritis, spinal problems, dislocations and bone cancer to name a few. It can also be used to monitor healing fractures, to ensure orthopaedic surgeries have been successful or to monitor bone growth in young animals.
Soft tissue structures that can be monitored by X-ray include heart enlargement, chest or lung conditions such as pneumonia or asthma, cancer, stomach or intestinal foreign bodies, kidney disease, bladder stones & constipation.
We also use radiographs are also used alongside dentistry to assess what is happening to the roots of teeth underneath the gum line. This helps us to assess which teeth are diseased and therefore need treatment or extraction.