How Much Does a Cat X-ray Cost?
A cat x-ray is needed as part of your pet’s annual physical examination or as a way to diagnose certain diseases that might be present with your cat. The cost of a cat x-ray will depend on the vet, type of x-ray, amount of x-rays and geographical location.
How much is it?
- The average cost for cat x-ray is $100 to $250 per x-ray, depending on where exactly the procedure must be done. Common areas that are often examined include the legs, abdomen, and chest. Each additional x=ray may cost a little less.
- X-ray for the extremities and other smaller areas of the body cost lower than abdominal or chest x-ray.
- For example, a chest and leg x-ray could cost anywhere from $170 to $350 outside of the office exam.
- According to the website TheCatPractice.com, a typical x-ray can cost $250 with something such as an echocardiogram costing as much as $350.
What are the extra costs?
- If the cat is not cooperating and lying still, sedation might be necessary during the x-ray. This is going to cost $30-$100 extra.
- Sometimes, a blood exam is necessary before the procedure is done in order to pinpoint the exact issue. X-rays do not always diagnose a cat’s problem, so your cat may need extra tests done as well.
- If other problems are found during these x-rays, additional tests may be required. For example, if the vet spots a problem with the heart, an additional EKG may be required in order to look more into the heart. There are common problems where a vet can also find fluid in the cat’s lung. This could be more serious and could result in hospitalization.
What is going to be included?
- During most x-rays, the vet will place the cat in the appropriate position in order to get the details that he/she needs. In most instances, the cat may have to be sedated if it doesn’t stand still.
- A film together with a CD is usually included in the procedure for the cat’s owner to keep. This should be kept for personal records and in case a second opinion is desired.
- Some vets include pre and post check ups to assess your pet properly for any abnormalities. This is your time to consult with the vet to discuss any issues that he has previously noted. They will then be able to provide you with a diagnosis of what they think the problem may be.
How can I save money?
- Compare the different prices from vets in your area and ask about the other services included in their x-ray fee. Some vets may avoid an x-ray until they examine the cat in their office.
- You can ask other cat owners you know for a recommendation of a good and inexpensive office to use.
- Check you local humane society as many of them have veterinarians. These offices are usually much cheaper than your personal vet.
- It’s always best to go with an x-ray if they recommend it as this can spot serious problems that can be prevented.