Ultrasound and X-ray Services

Ultrasounds and X-rays are diagnostic imaging technologies we use to examine your dog or cat’s bones, internal organs, pregnancies, and more. Both are safe for your dog or cat, and our veterinary team takes all necessary precautions to minimize any potential risks.

What is the difference between ultrasounds and X-rays and ultrasounds?

Both ultrasounds and X-rays capture your cat or dog’s internal structures using different methods. Ultrasounds use sound waves to generate images. We use a handheld probe across the area we’re interested in examining, and the computer instantly generates an image of that body part. For X-rays, our clinic has access to digital radiology. Digital radiology (X-rays) allow us to minimize your pet’s exposure to radiation and quickly obtain the images needed to obtain a diagnosis.

Does my dog/cat need to prepare for an ultrasound or X-ray?

X-rays are not always something that you can prepare for. They often need to be done on short notice if your cat or dog has experienced an injury. Sometimes, they’ll need sedation to allow us to obtain the required images. In this case, our team will discuss the appropriate protocol for your dog. Depending on the type of ultrasound, your dog or cat could need to fast before their appointment. If you have questions about preparing for your dog or cat’s appointment, please contact us at 306-373-3500.

When could my dog or cat need an X-ray or ultrasound?

We use ultrasounds and X-rays to diagnose diseases affecting your dog or cat’s bones or internal organs that cannot be diagnosed through physical examination alone. Diagnostic imaging also gives us the benefit of seeing internal structures without having to perform surgery. This provides us with the information we need to make a quick and accurate diagnosis. Ultrasounds and X-rays could be needed if your dog or cat has an injury or pregnancy or shows signs of discomfort when the source of their pain isn’t visible. A common ultrasound we perform is a full mouth dental X-ray for all of our dental procedures. For ultrasounds, we often examine your dog or cat’s abdomen, which provides us with insights about their kidneys, bladder, liver etc.