Diagnostics

Pet Radiographs

Most Greencross Vets clinics are equipped with high-quality radiograph (X-ray) equipment. A radiograph can provide a great way to look at what is happening inside your pet. The two main types of tissues we look at using radiographs are bone and soft tissue structures.

Conditions diagnosed by radiographs

Conditions affecting the bones:

  • fractures
  • osteoarthritis,
  • spinal problems
  • dislocations
  • bone cancer
  • cruciate ligament ruptures

Conditions affecting soft tissue structures:

  • heart enlargement
  • pneumonia
  • cancer
  • stomach or intestinal foreign bodies
  • kidney disease
  • bladder stones
  • constipation
  • pancreatitis

Radiographs are also used alongside dentistry to assess what is happening to the roots of teeth beneath the gum line. This helps us to assess which teeth are diseased and in need of treatment or extraction.

Radiographs are safe for your pet and can be conducted with a light sedative to stop your pet from becoming anxious and keep them calm and happy.

What happens to my pet when they get a radiograph?

Most patients will require hospital admission to have radiographs taken. In the case of an emergency, radiographs will be conducted immediately. Simply bring your pet to their booked appointment, and if sedation is required, we will administer this first. Your vet will discuss diagnosis and treatment with you once the radiographs are complete.

Speak with your local Greencross Vets if you have any concerns about your pet’s health or wellbeing.