Ultrasound and X-ray for Pets

An ultrasound uses soundwaves to create a detailed image of an organ or body part. They allow veterinarians to evaluate soft tissues and inner parts of the organ. An X-ray (another term for radiograph) uses electromagnetic radiation to visualize the inside of your pet’s body and see the size, shape and angle of denser organs that need medical attention. A radiograph is less meticulous than an ultrasound, so it may not be able to pick up smaller articles, but it’s used on a daily basis. If you believe your pet may be experiencing obstruction or discomfort internally that needs closer inspection, schedule an appointment with us at 403.982.8387.

When would my pet need an ultrasound or X-ray?

Ultrasounds and X-rays are used during pre-surgical examinations, to find abnormalities and to search for foreign objects swallowed by your pet. Below is a list of some conditions and parts of their body we explore:

  • Abdominal ultrasounds for the liver, kidneys, heart, urinary bladder, and more
  • Arthritis in joints
  • Cruciate ligament rupture (tear in the knee)
  • Dental abnormalities
  • Pregnancy

    Depending on the tool we use, we may find swelling, a dislodged joint or a toy they were playing with a few days ago that just disappeared.

    How are ultrasounds and X-rays like for pets?

Ultrasound: Our veterinarians start by shaving your pet’s fur to get closer to the area we need to explore. A handheld probe is waved over their skin and images are transported to a computer. Sometimes, if your pet is fidgety or too curious, we provide a sedative to calm them down. The overall process is not harmful and the only feeling they will have is gentle pressure on their skin from the probe.

    X-ray: We have a special room where we do our X-rays. Since X-rays use radiation to penetrate thicker tissues, owners will not be allowed in the room. However, our veterinarians wear protective gear and provide your pet with covers that shield the parts of their body that are not our focus. The radiograph shines light rays on the targeted region, which is absorbed by the hard organs or bones. This produces a clear monochrome image, where the denser objects/parts appear white, the empty spaces are black and any obstructions or abnormalities are visible.

  • Last updated: September 20, 2021.

    Dear Clients,

    Due to the current changes coming from Alberta Health, we have gone back to a limited capacity policy as of Monday, September 20th, 2021.

    This means that we are allowing one client to come in for their pet’s appointment, provided that they are properly masked the entire time when inside of the clinic.

    When you arrive for your appointment please call us at 403 982 8387 from the parking lot.

    We are making these changes for the safety of you and our staff, and we appreciate your business and patience during this time.

    To help limit exposure and to keep our clients and team members safe, we urge you to check out our new online store at https://www.myvetstore.ca/elizabethstreetpet for food purchases.

    If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call us at 403 982 8387 or email us at reception@elizabethstreetvet.com.

    We are making these changes for the safety of you and our staff. We appreciate your business and patience during this time.

    Thank you,

    Elizabeth Street Pet Hospital