Radiographs (AKA X-rays)
Our clinic is fully equipped to take x-rays of your pet. Our veterinarians will discuss your pet’s case and conduct a thorough physical examination in order to determine whether x-rays are required.
Radiographs are a very important tool to help us diagnose diseases in animals, particularly for conditions involving bones, the chest or abdomen.
What happens to my pet when it is booked in for radiographs?
Most of our patients are admitted for the day, unless it is an emergency. Most patients will be sedated or anaesthetised as this allows us us to take the best quality radiographs possible - it's very hard to make a diagnosis from blurry images!
Once the radiographs have been taken, we will call you to book an appointment with your veterinarian. They will take the time to show you the images, explain the findings, and discuss the diagnosis. From there, you will be able to make an informed decision regarding a treatment plan for your beloved pet.
Why do pets need to be sedated to have radiographs taken?
When we have x-rays taken, the radiographer asks us to keep perfectly still... often in unnatural positions. Most pets would never lie still enough, in the correct position, for us to take good quality radiographs and achieve a diagnosis. Sedation allows us to get the most useful radiographs possible.
Pathology involves the evaluation of blood, fluids or body tissues in order to identify disease. Common tests include blood chemistries, complete blood counts, blood clotting times, urinalysis, faecal tests, biopsy examination, cultures and infectious disease testing.
Our clinic is equipped with a laboratory which allows staff to quickly and confidently perform diagnostic tests. Within minutes, we can achieve results for cases which require immediate or emergency treatment, run pre-anaesthetic blood work, or even a general health profile.
However, most of our blood work is sent off to an external laboratory; and can include an in-depth analysis by a pathologist. This is especially important in very ill animals and those requiring a more comprehensive diagnostic work-up.
While in-house results are usually available within 10 minutes or less, results from the external lab are may take 12-24 hours depending on the test required. For biopsy, histopathology or cultures, results may take up to two weeks.