Skip to Main Content
Ask About Financing

X-Rays for Dogs

X-Rays for Dogs

X-rays are a key tool for diagnosing conditions of a dog's bones and internal organs. In this blog, our Southgate vets explain the X-ray procedure for dogs and what you can expect.

X-Rays for Your Dog

When it comes to both human and veterinary healthcare X-rays are one of the most frequently used and helpful diagnostic tools. X-rays let us evaluate your dog's internal systems and uncover information that might not be seen with the naked eye.

X-rays can identify various conditions, including pregnancy, broken bones, tumors, enlarged organs, foreign objects, and more. Other diagnostic imaging methods, such as an MRI and Ultrasound, may be more useful in situations where a detailed view of tissues, ligaments, and organs cannot be obtained with X-ray technology.

How do dogs get X-rays?

When an animal is brought in for a checkup by the veterinarian or for another diagnostic procedure, an X-ray is frequently performed. Because of this, no special preparation is necessary. Then, if an X-ray is necessary, your veterinarian will examine your pet and take some time to go over the process and what they will be looking for.

How long to dog X-rays take?

Times can vary, but the actual X-ray itself should only take about ten or fifteen minutes.


Sedation may be required in some circumstances in order to take a clear X-ray. Sedation won't be necessary if your dog can lay down in a comfortable position while your veterinarian takes the X-ray and is calm and not in too much pain.

But, your vet will recommend sedation if your dog is in pain, anxious, or won't settle down. Your vet may also suggest sedation if they need your pet's muscles to be relaxed to capture a clear image.

Safety of Radiographs for Dogs

Radiography is safe, painless, and non-invasive. It uses only very low doses of radiation. Since the level of radiation exposure needed to conduct X-rays is very low, it's even safe to take X-rays of pregnant dogs.

Speak with your veterinarian if you have any questions regarding the use of X-ray equipment or the potential need for sedation. In order for you to decide whether you want your dog to undergo the procedure, they will assist in educating you on the risks versus the benefits specific to your dog's situation.

Cost of a Dog X-Ray

The cost of your dog's X-rays is determined by a wide range of elements, including the area being X-rayed, your dog's size, whether sedation was used, your location, the veterinarian you are seeing, and more. Before starting the procedure, your veterinarian can give you an idea of the cost of the X-ray.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. Please make an appointment with your vet for an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition.

Want to learn more about X-rays for dogs? Contact our Southgate vets for more information.

New Patients Welcome

Southgate Animal Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Southgate companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.

Book Online (734) 284-9122