X-Rays & Laboratory Services

IMG_4338Here at Foothills Animal Hospital we have full, digital x-ray capabilities. Our veterinarians will discuss your pet’s case and conduct a thorough physical examination to determine whether your pet needs x-rays. X-rays are a very important tool to help us diagnose disease in animals, particularly for conditions involving bones, the chest or abdomen.IMG_4341

We can give you a digital copy of your pet’s x-rays and we can easily refer them to specialists should we need a second opinion.

At Foothills Animal Hospital we also have in house laboratory services. This allows our veterinarians to quickly perform many diagnostic tests to achieve an accurate and rapid diagnosis. This is especially important in very ill animals and those requiring immediate emergency treatment.

IMG_4352We are able to test your pet’s blood and urine and give you test results within the hour to help us treat your pet more accurately.

What happens to my pet when it is booked in for X-rays?
Most of our patients are admitted into hospital for the day to have x-rays taken, unless it is an emergency and we’ll take them straight away. 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 x-rays possible.

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 x-rays required to diagnose their condition. Sedation and anaesthesia allow us to get the most useful x-rays possible.