The reasons your pet may need X-rays vary. X-ray machines and radiographs are standard tools for diagnostic imaging for common health problems, such as bladder stones. Below are some of the most common reasons dogs and cats need X-rays.
The most common reason dogs and cats need X-rays is for broken bones. Veterinarians often see broken bones in animals’ legs. X-rays are the best procedure to confirm the location and severity of the fracture.
X-rays can help your veterinarian detect certain types of tumors. This is a low-cost procedure to determine if your pet has one canceralthough not all tumors show up on X-rays.
X-rays are the standard for pet dental care. Both dogs and cats often require sedation for dental X-rays. Even if your pet has no dental problems, many veterinarians recommend annual X-rays.
If your dog or cat swallows an undigested object, it can become a serious health problem. A stomach X-ray provides your veterinarian with a visual image of the object in your pet’s intestinal tract. Intestinal blockages can be life-threatening, so if you think your pet has ingested a foreign object, we recommend contacting your veterinarian immediately.
Lung or heart problems
If your pet develops strange breathing habits or problems, you may want to have a chest X-ray. It will help your veterinarian identify conditions such as bronchitis, pneumonia or fungal infections.