X-Rays for Dogs & Cats

Kingston Veterinary Hospital is fully equipped to take x-rays of your pet with our brand new state-of-the-art digital processor. Our veterinarians will discuss your pet’s case and conduct a thorough physical examination to determine if your pet requires radiographs. 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 into hospital for the day to have radiographs taken, unless it is an emergency and we’ll take them immediately. We ask that you bring your pet in unfed on the morning of admission, as they will most likely be sedated or anaesthetised to allow us to take the best quality radiographs possible.

Once the radiographs have been taken we will call you and book an appointment for our veterinarians to show you the images and to discuss the diagnosis and treatment plan for your pet. You will also be given print-outs or digital copies for your records should you request them.

Why do pets need to be sedated or anaesthetised 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 required to diagnose their condition. Sedation and anaesthesia allow us to get the most useful radiographs possible. It also ensures safety for our staff and your pet as it minimises the room for error.

Please call us on 9584 7500 if you would like to discuss radiography with one of our vets or nurses.