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X-ray Services for Pets

Diagnostic imaging through X-ray allows us to gather crucial information about your pet’s health without the need for invasive surgery and sometimes even without the need for sedation.

Why are X-rays done on dogs, cats and other pets?

Radiographs, more commonly known as X-rays, are frequently taken to assess bones and other parts of the body including the thorax and abdomen. We have a digital x-ray machine, and can take high quality, diagnostic images of your pet. This technology allows our veterinarians to diagnose a number of conditions, including fractures, foreign bodies and tumours. Because the images are digital, we can easily forward them to specialists or other veterinarians for consultation.

Will my pet need to be sedated during an X-ray?

Sedation is not always required to obtain X-rays, but there are some instances in which it is necessary. For example, some pets are unable to remain still long enough for the radiograph to be taken, whether it’s as a result of discomfort or apprehension. If sedation is necessary, we use safe, reversible sedatives that are often combined with pain medication to make your pet more comfortable during the procedure.

What happens when a dog, cat or other pet gets an X-ray?

A trained staff member will be monitoring your pet’s vital signs while they are sedated until they are fully awake. Once your pet is sedated and/or ready to be X-rayed, they are positioned on the table. The equipment is placed over the target area, and the radiograph is taken. Repositioning your pet may be necessary to obtain various views of the target area. The images are produced within seconds and appear on a computer monitor.

Are X-rays risky for pets?

The risks of radiation exposure to your pet is minimal, but as staff remain in the radiology suite with the patient, and perform this procedure multiples times in their work week, they are required to wear protective equipment including lead gowns, gloves and thyroid protectors, as well as wearing dosage monitors, with the data collected by Health Canada. All staff are trained to minimize radiation exposure to both your pet and themselves.

Last updated: July 28, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

As you can imagine, we have a significant backlog of surgeries and wellness/vaccine exams to catch up on and we will be working hard over the next several weeks to do just that. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. Although restrictions have been lifted, our health and safety protocols have not. It is important we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Worksafe BC and social distance our large team as much as possible. This means although we can offer these elective services, we are doing much fewer during the day then we were pre-COVID.


We are very excited to welcome you back into our lobby! We have put some important safety measures in place to help keep our clients and our team safe.


The use of our online store for easy ordering, payment and delivery of our pet's food, flea and tick medications. Orders over $100 can be delivered to your home for free! CLICK HERE


During the first 8 weeks of COVID, we were operating as a 24-hour facility to better serve our community and to maintain social distancing within our team. However, as the COVID-19 situation changes, so do we!

Our team of doctors felt it was important to get back to performing your pet's much needed regular services. In order to do so safely, we had to once again change the way we do business. 

Our regular hours of operation remain the same:

Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Coastland Veterinary Hospital