The process of carrying out an X-ray on a dog typically involves visiting the vet to consult on the need for an X-ray, determining whether or not there’s a need for sedation and the actual radiographing procedure.
Canine X-rays are typically classified based on the area of the dog’s body that needs attention, with the most common cases being chest, abdominal, joint, limb and dental X-rays.
However, regardless of the part of the pooch’s body that requires attention, the X-ray procedure remains largely the same, and is typically carried out following the steps listed below:
Determining If There’s A Need For Sedation
Before embarking on the procedure to obtain a pooch’s X-ray, the vet will first examine the pooch to decide whether there’ll be a need to administer anesthesia.
Dogs need to be completely still while under the X-ray equipment, and this can be particularly difficult to achieve if the pooch is in pain from injuries and broken bones.
That said, sedation is often required for X-rays of the skull, oral cavity and spine. On the other hand, simpler procedures such as obtaining a radiograph of the abdomen may not require sedation.
Getting The Dog’s X-Ray
X-rays are typically acquired by placing a plastic cassette containing the film under the target area.
The X-ray equipment is then fixed on a mechanical arm, and aimed over this target area. Once the pooch is still, the X-ray equipment is triggered and various images showing the affected area in different grey shades are taken.
This entire process is typically completed within 10 to 15 minutes. And there may be a need to reposition the pooch during the procedure to allow clearer images to be captured.
What Happens After Getting The Dog’s X-Ray?
Once a dog’s X-rays have been successfully captured, the films are processed and the resulting images are passed on to the vet for thorough analysis.
Processing of X-ray images is typically completed in less than half an hour, and your vet will call to discuss the results of the test and further actions with you.