Will My Vet Recommend a Pet Ultrasound, an X-ray, or Both?
Your vet will choose a diagnostic tool based on their initial inspection and your pet’s symptoms and behavior. When no external injury is visible, the veterinarian may look for signs characteristic of a specific condition, such as a fracture, heart disease, or urinary tract infection.
In some cases, the vet may use both ultrasound and X-ray to diagnose your pet’s condition. For instance, the vet may suspect your pet has swallowed a foreign object and will perform an X-ray. However, if an X-ray shows internal organ abnormalities, the vet will often recommend an ultrasound for a clearer picture of your pet’s soft tissues.
How To Prepare Your Pet for an X-Ray or Ultrasound
A pet X-ray doesn’t typically require any specific preparation. Usually, a veterinarian will conduct a physical examination, determine that the pet needs an X-ray, and perform the procedure on the spot.
Your vet will usually recommend withholding food and water for at least 8 hours before an ultrasound. This measure is necessary to produce accurate images of your pet’s internal organs, especially in abdominal ultrasounds.
Will My Pet Require Sedation?
In most cases, dogs and cats do not need sedation during an X-ray or ultrasound procedure. Our team will usually be able to help your pet relax and feel comfortable. However, in some cases, sedation may be necessary for pet ultrasounds and X-rays. If your pet is young, nervous, or in a lot of pain, the veterinary team may use sedation to keep the animal in position and obtain clear images.
Hillsdale Animal Hospital: Top Diagnostic Tools for Your Pet in Advance, North Carolina
Hillsdale Animal Hospital provides a broad range of veterinary services for your pet’s health and wellness. Our professional, dedicated team of veterinarians leverages the diagnostic benefits of digital pet ultrasounds and X-rays for advanced veterinary care and the best possible experience.
To schedule an appointment, call (336) 477-2525 today. We look forward to seeing you!