Why our team prefers digital X-ray technology
Pet digital X-rays are a crucial diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine, providing valuable information to help diagnose various medical conditions ranging from broken bones to internal issues. Digital X-rays offer a significant advantage over traditional methods, as they make detecting even subtle changes in the pet’s body easier. X-rays for cats and dogs capture images of the pet’s body using a small amount of radiation, producing clearer and sharper images than traditional X-rays. This allows veterinarians to view the images from multiple angles.
Before the digital X-ray is taken, your pet may need to be sedated, depending on the location of the image and the level of cooperation of the pet. The pet is then positioned on a special table, and the digital X-ray machine is positioned around the area of interest. A veterinarian then reviews the digital images to help diagnose any underlying health problems.
It’s important to understand that digital X-rays should only be done when led by a veterinarian. The results should be interpreted by a veterinarian who knows your pet’s medical history and current symptoms.
Another important benefit of digital X-ray technology is that it emits significantly lower radiation levels than traditional X-rays. With this advanced technology, we are dedicated to providing the best possible care for your pet. Contact us today if you’d like to schedule an X-ray appointment for your pet.
“This place saved my dog’s life. He had a partial blockage in his intestine. We left him for surgery and they made the right call by holding off and taking another x-ray to find the object has moved. 3 X-rays later, we discovered he will pass the object. They correctly avoided surgery and saved my dog. He stayed overnight and had a lot done, the price was fair. The staff was so friendly and amazing, I cannot say enough about the Dr. And staff we worked with.”
Pet X-ray FAQs
How much does a pet X-ray cost?
The cost of your pet's X-ray will depend on the type and complexity of the X-ray, and other factors, such as whether sedation or anesthesia is required. Our team can provide you with an estimate of what to expect for your pet's specific case. We understand this is an added expense on top of your pet’s regular care, and we want to ensure you are as comfortable and informed as possible beforehand.
Does pet insurance cover X-rays?
Some policies may cover some or all of the cost, while others may provide only partial coverage. You may also need to pay a deductible or copayment for the X-ray. Contact your pet insurance provider if you're unsure what your policy covers. Knowing you have a safety net in place can provide peace of mind that your furry friend will be taken care of should anything unexpected arise.
Do you need to sedate a pet for X-rays?
X-rays are painless and do not cause any discomfort for animals, so anesthesia is not administered in most cases. However, if your pet is anxious or uncooperative, we may recommend anesthesia to ensure the safety and accuracy of the X-ray. If we determine that anesthesia would be in your pet's best interest, we will use a dose specifically tailored to their needs. Please feel free to talk with us about any concerns you may have for your pet.
Why are pet X-rays so expensive?
Pet X-rays can be expensive because they require specialized equipment and expertise. The process of taking X-rays involves radiation exposure, so it's important for the technician to be highly trained and take necessary precautions. Additionally, the cost of X-ray film, storage, and processing must all be factored in. While pet X-rays can be costly, just as with humans, they are an essential investment for effectively diagnosing and treating health issues in your pet.
How long do pet X-rays take?
X-rays for your pet usually take just a few minutes. At Animal Emergency Hospital, we understand how important it is for you and your cat or dog to get the care they need, so we make sure our X-rays are done as quickly and safely as possible. Our staff will take great care to ensure your pet is comfortable during the procedure. Thank you for entrusting your pet's care to us.