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X-ray examination of a dog or cat - indications and preparation How much does it cost?

X-ray examination of companion animals is a common diagnostic imaging method that allows control and diagnosis of many diseases as well as determining a pet's health. It consists of a penetrating form of high-energy electromagnetic radiation passing through the patient's body and being re-registered on the appropriate device. Because of the difference in density between the tissues, an image of the bones and surrounding soft tissues can be obtained. Soft tissues are less visible in this image, but with the administration of a contrast agent, it is possible to determine, for example, the capacity of the intestines. The contrast agent can only be given to the patient if the veterinarian finds it necessary.

This service is available in Pethelp packages. Package prices start at 89 PLN/month.


X-ray examination in a dog / cat – indications

  • A foreign body in the digestive tract
  • Fractures
  • After accidents
  • Pelvic dysplasia or it's suspision
  • Lower respiratory tract infections
  • When urinary stones are suspected
  • Gait disturbance
  • Restriction of the mobility of the spine
An X-ray examination should be ordered by a veterinarian, specifying which area is needed for the X-ray.

X-ray examination in a dog / cat - contraindications

X-rays are not harmless to the body, so performing multiple examinations in a short period of time is not recommended. If the examination is required to diagnose a health problem, the veterinarian may decide to conduct another one. It is also not advised to test pregnant animals unless it is absolutely necessary to save the mother's or children's lives or health. Remember that a single X-ray exposure is not dangerous to the pet's health and it is a common and safe test.

How is an X-ray examination performed on a dog or cat?

An X-ray examination is a quick examination in which the result is visible immediately after the picture is taken. Due to the need for a specialist veterinarian to describe the image, you may have to wait a few days for the exact description of the image in some cases. If this happens, the attending physician will undoubtedly notify you.

If the X-ray is not performed by the doctor who ordered it, or if no prior appointment has been made, the doctor performing the X-ray will conduct an interview. The interview will focus on the reason for the X-ray examination and any previous imaging tests.

The examination itself consists of a doctor or technician positioning the patient on the table and taking an image. Depending on the clinic's policies, the pet's owner may be present during the examination and assist with placing the pet on the table. The owner is then given appropriate protective clothing by the staff to avoid being exposed to X-rays. The above service includes any three projections. The cost of drugs used for premedication or sedation is not included in the service.


  • What is the cost of an X-ray examination for a dog or a cat?

    The cost of an X-ray examination ranges between 100 and 300 PLN. It is determined by the number of projections made and whether the photos are sent to a specialist doctor for consultation. If anesthesia is required, it must be paid for separately. Each veterinary facility sets its own prices, so it is worth inquiring about the cost of a particular service prior to your visit.

  • How long does it take to examine a dog or cat with an X-ray?

    This test takes approximately 10 minutes. The need for premedication extends the visit by the time of anesthesia administration, the duration of its action, and the patient's recovery, which can take up to 1.5 hours. This time can be reduced or increased depending on the patient's response to anesthesia. The duration of the visit is also increased by the administration of a contrast medium, which is determined by the rate at which the contrast medium spreads through the gastrointestinal tract.

  • How do I prepare my dog or cat for an X-ray?

    An X-ray examination does not necessarily require any special preparation. However, fecal matter and gases can sometimes interfere with image evaluation. The veterinarian will then request another test, this time on an empty stomach. If your pet is very stressed in the clinic and struggles to stay in one position while the image is taken, he may need to be drugged ahead of time. Before scheduling an appointment, you should notify your doctor of any such circumstances. Premedication of the animal patient is frequently required for assessment of the skeletal system, including dysplasia. This service is chargeable in addition because it is not included in the basic cost of the X-ray examination. This service is chargeable in addition because it is not included in the basic cost of the X-ray examination. Before performing the X-ray, the doctor will inform you about the need for premedication.

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