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Posted on 03-07-2018

X-Rays and Radiology Safety with our Bloomington Veterinarian

Many of our patients' owners worry about exposing their pets to the risks that are sometimes associated with the use of diagnostic tools that emit radiation, such as x-rays. Most veterinarians agree that x-rays and other diagnostic tools that emit radiation should be used sparingly and only when the benefits far outweigh the risks. Dr. Tatro understands that pets are an important part of the family and will discuss both the pros and cons of using x-rays with you when he believes that it may be necessary.

x-ray of a dog

Comprehensive Care is Our Goal

While we understand the risks of radiology, we are also realistic about the benefit that they can provide during diagnostic procedures. Generally, x-rays of pets account for only 18% of the radiation to which they are exposed. The majority of radiation exposure comes from their food, drinking water, and other environmental sources. We share this information, not to minimize the risks that can come with using x-rays, but to put the level of danger into perspective. Many people request that their pregnant dogs are x-rayed to determine that number of puppies in the litter. While this is considered safe after the puppies have reached 45 days or more, this decision is often best left to determine on a case by case basis.

Safety First!

The use of radiation is a cause for concern in both humans and pets, but it is not inherently life-threatening. We believe that the judicious use of scans and x-rays that utilize radiation can be useful and are often the right decision when judging what is medically necessary. Every precaution will be taken when giving your pet an x-ray in order to minimize any risk that they may be exposed to. The entire staff at Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to the health and safety of your furry friend!

Have more questions about radiology pet safety? Contact our Bloomington Veterinarians!

Dr. Tatro has been dedicated to the care of companion animals for nearly 30 years and believes in comprehensive and compassionate care. If you are currently seeking a dedicated veterinarian for your family pet, we would welcome the opportunity to serve that need. Call us today at (309) 663-1414 to schedule an appointment with your furry friend. Our veterinary hospital is conveniently located at 612 IAA Drive in Bloomington.

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