Bedford-Dianella Vet Centre is fully equipped to take X-rays (incorporating computerised radiography) of your pet.
Your vet will always discuss your pet’s case and conduct a thorough physical examination before determining if your pet requires one.
X-rays are an important tool for vets because they help us diagnose diseases in animals, particularly for conditions involving bones, the chest or abdomen.
We commonly take X-rays for suspected:
hip and elbow dysplasia (scoring)
bone cancer (osteosarcoma)
intestinal foreign bodies
Most of our pet patients are admitted into our centre for the day to have X-rays taken – unless it’s an emergency when we will take them in immediately.
We ask that you bring in your pet unfed on the morning of admission, as they will most likely be sedated or anaesthetised.
On discharge, your vet will show you the images and discuss your pet’s diagnosis and treatment plan.
Why do pets need to be sedated or anaesthetised for an X-ray?
When people have X-rays taken the radiographer asks us to keep perfectly still and often in uncomfortable positions.
Most pets never lie still long enough and in the correct position for us to take good-quality X-rays to diagnose their condition. So sedation and anaesthesia are necessary to get the best quality X-rays possible – and to minimise the number of exposures taken, due to the health risks associated with overexposure to X-rays.
How X-rays work
Taking an X-ray is very similar to taking a photo, except we use X-rays instead of light rays.
X-rays are a particularly useful diagnostic tool because of their ability to penetrate tissues.
Different tissues in the body absorb X-rays to differing degrees. Of all the tissues in the body, bone absorbs the most X-rays. This is why bone appears white on an X-ray.
Soft tissues, such as lungs and organs, absorb some but not all of the X-rays, so soft tissues on an X-ray appear in different shades of grey.
Your vet will demonstrate and explain your pet’s X-rays upon discharge from our centre.
When an animal develops an unusual illness or injury, there may be a need for specialised expertise and equipment to properly diagnose and treat the problem further.
If your pet has a problem that requires this level of expertise we are happy to refer you to a specialist who has earned our trust and confidence – to give your pet the best chance of recovery.
Australian registered veterinary specialists undergo a rigorous training and examination process to obtain their qualifications. Like human specialists, they are considered to be the epitome of knowledge in their field.
We work closely alongside specialists and together offer optimum care for pets requiring this service.
Specialists are independent vets and set their own fees.
Our responsibility doesn’t end because you’ve taken your pet to a specialist.
If you’re faced with difficult decisions regarding the recommended treatment for your pet please don’t hesitate to call us. We’ll be pleased to help you evaluate your options.
If you’re one of our many satisfied clients, please consider referring us.
Just ask your friend to mention your pet’s name when they book. As our client, you’ll receive a $25 voucher from us, to come off your pet’s next consultation or spend on products available in our reception – and so will your friend!