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Dog X-ray and Ultrasound

We have several options available to us to help with diagnosing issues with your pet. We have both x-rays and ultrasound here.

How do you use x-ray and radiology services at your clinic?


We use x-rays to check for many things. X-rays are the best tool we have for looking at things like bones, joints and the chest. We can get views that show concerns that need to be addressed. They are a great tool to use as our dog’s age, and we look for things like arthritis.

How do you ultrasound at your clinic?


Ultrasound is a useful diagnostic tool that allows the use of sound waves to look at the structure of internal organs. The great thing about ultrasound is that it is non-invasive (allows us to look at the organs without major surgery). Ultrasound can show a structural problem, but does not show us the function of the organ – blood work shows function, and this is why both are usually needed for an accurate diagnosis.

How should I prepare my dog for their x-ray or ultrasound appointment?


Often there is no preparation for radiographs, but sometimes we need to give a bit of sedation to your dog to help with discomfort and positioning. If this is the case, then your dog needs to be fasted (no food) for 6-8 hours prior to the procedure. When doing ultrasound we typically need your dog fasted 12+ hours. Food in the stomach obstructs full visualization of the stomach and surrounding organs. If there is food present, abnormalities can be missed.

How do I schedule an Ultrasound if my pet is not a patient at Manitou Animal Hospital?


Your pet’s veterinarian must request an ultrasound by referral. For referring clinics, please contact our clinic by phone to schedule all ultrasound referral appointments and to get our referral form emailed to you.

How much does a dog x-ray exam cost?


X-rays are charged based on how many and what type is required. We charge a little more for the initial one as this includes the setup fee as well. After that, each one that is needed is charged individually. Ultrasounds costs are based on what area we are checking and if additional diagnostics or sedation is also needed. Please contact the clinic for all quotes.

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