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Why X-Rays Are Beneficial for Pets

Also known as radiographs, x-rays are a common onsite initial diagnostic tool for humans and animals alike. Here’s what you need to know about why x-rays are beneficial for pets.


What is an x-ray?

An x-ray is a two-dimensional image that provides an internal view of the area of the body that is being captured. This view appears as either a physical or digital image in various shades of black, white, and grey. The image itself is generated by an invisible beam of light that passes through your pet’s body and is absorbed by the structures inside. Bone and other dense object like metal show up as white on x-rays because they absorb most of the x-ray beams, compared to empty areas which don’t, and which appear black.

An x-ray provides your veterinarian with a picture of your pet’s skeletal structure and composition, enabling them to check for any abnormalities, such as arthritis, dislocations, or broken bones.  It can also be used to evaluate internal organs for abnormalities, foreign material, or obstructions.


When are x-rays recommended?

Your veterinarian at Animal Emergency Center of Killeen may recommend an x-ray if your pet displays any of the following symptoms:

  • Trauma or injury, such as if they have been hit by a car

  • Persistent coughing

  • They have an unusual blood test result

  • Digestive upset, such as vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation

  • Limping

  • Unexplained weight loss/grain

  • Seizures

An x-ray may also be needed to determine or confirm the stage of cancer that your pet has, or if you suspect that they have swallowed something that they shouldn’t have.


What are the benefits of x-rays?

There is a variety of reasons why an x-ray could be beneficial for your pet.

It is non-invasive. Unlike some other diagnostic tools, an x-ray is non-invasive, which is preferable for many owners. There’s not normally any need for sedation, and x-rays are considered to be very safe provided that your pet doesn’t need too many in a short period of time.

More accurate diagnosis. Every owner wants their pet to get the right care. Modern x-rays provide high-definition images that enable much better-quality viewing and diagnosis. This can save time and frustration on retakes too, meaning the overall experience is much more tolerable for your precious pet.

Preventative. X-rays don’t only diagnose existing problems; they can also be used to prevent future issues from occurring. Dental x-rays are an excellent example of this. Dental x-rays provide images of the teeth below the gumline, which isn’t usually visible to the naked eye, enabling your veterinarian to see issues that may be occurring that might not otherwise be detected until they have advanced. Early detection can prevent much more significant problems from developing.

X-rays enable your veterinarian to create the best treatment plan for your pet. Every owner wants the very best for their pet, and the best way to achieve this is by ensuring that they get the right treatment. X-rays are an essential tool for creating the best treatment plan for your precious pet.

If you have any questions about x-rays for animals, please don’t hesitate to speak to our friendly and experienced veterinary team at Animal Emergency Center of Killeen in Killeen, Texas. Call (254) 628-5017 today to schedule an appointment.

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