Radiographs or “x-rays” allow a veterinarian to capture images of the bones and internal organs of your pet. Radiographs are very safe and can be easily taken with your pet lying still on an x-ray table. Sometimes sedation is needed in order to get the necessary films. Radiographs can tell a veterinarian a lot about the structure of different parts of the body. There are many reasons why a veterinarian might recommend that a radiograph be taken. Some of these include the evaluation of broken bones, looking for a foreign object that a patient may have swallowed, or diagnosing pregnancy.
Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a significant health concern for cats and dogs. There are many underlying causes of hypertension including specific disease conditions, certain medications, and age. Your veterinarian may need to check your pet’s blood pressure if they have any of these concerns. Fortunately, this is both painless and non-invasive. Blood pressure screening is routinely recommended for senior pets as well.