Prepare Your Pet for Radiographs (X-rays)

Radiographs, commonly referred to as X-rays, are a simple non-invasive method of visualizing certain characteristics of internal organs. RVSC digital technology makes radiography comfortable and quick, requiring minimal preparation.

Like most procedures, it is important to not feed your pet any food after midnight the night before, and no water after 7:00am on the morning of the X-rays.

Unless your pet requires emergency X-rays, all pets scheduled for X-rays will be admitted to the hospital between 7:15am and 8:30am Monday - Friday. X-rays can usually be performed as an outpatient service, and most pets do not require an overnight stay for X-rays alone.

Pets are gently held by our caring team members to ensure the accuracy of the images, and most pets do not require sedation for X-rays.

While the X-rays themselves don't take very long, your pet will be scheduled for a specific discharge time to allow the veterinarian adequate time to assess the results (including consulting with the radiologist as necessary) and review the findings with both you (and your primary veterinarian) if applicable. You will have ample opportunity to ask any questions during this time as well.

Rest assured that like all procedures at our hospital, our Healthcare team will ensure and uphold the highest levels of safety, comfort and caring for your best friend.