Westmonte Animal Clinic offers our clients and their pets on-site radiology. Our veterinarian and staff are trained to perform and evaluate radiographs (X-rays) of your pet that may be hurt or need further evaluation. When needed, our veterinarians can send our radiographs to a board certified radiological consultant for review or refer patients to veterinary specialists for further evaluations.
Radiographs are an important, non-invasive method of diagnosing common signs of disease, such as but not limited to:
While a pet can often be diagnosed with two or three films, there are certain times that a special series of radiographs, called a barium series may be recommended. This will help the doctor determine if a pet, with a previously questionable radiograph result, has eaten a foreign object and where in the stomach or intestines it has become lodged. To perform this series, the pet is first given oral liquid barium, which appears as a white fluid on the radiographs. The radiographs are taken at different time points to follow the fluid through the intestinal tract. If the fluid stops at a certain point before reaching the end, it is likely that the pet has an obstruction. At this point, the doctor will discuss the best course of treatment for your pet while showing you the areas of abnormality on the radiographs.