How Much Does a Dog Xray Cost?
A dog x-ray is one of the most important diagnostic tools for most veterinarians to have in their offices. X-rays can be used to check for fractures, the degree of bone break, or to check the pregnancy stage of a dog. In addition, a dog x-ray could determine the number of pups a pregnant dog is going to have. It could also detect stomach obstructions and possible tumors. Because of the nature of dogs to chew and swallow things they are not supposed to, x-rays can be used to show whether a dog could have swallowed an item such as a safety pin, rock, toys or nails. Just as an x-ray is important for doctors to use on humans, the dog x-ray is an important tool for diagnostics and to prevent further complications.
How much does it cost?
- The cost of dog x-ray will vary depending on the kind of x-ray you are going to get as well as the part of the body of which you intend to have the x-ray taken. However, according to Dogforums.com, dog x-rays can cost about $80.
- You might want to ask the vets in your area to know the local rate for each x-ray done, since most vets will charge per x-ray taken. If you intend to get an x-ray done in a different state, it is going to cost you more. Urban areas usually have more expensive x-rays for dogs since there is less competition.
- GermanShepherds.com also has a forum regarding x-rays for German Shepherds. According to one member, a hip x-ray can cost around $150. Take note, this estimated cost does not include any sedative if it is needed.
- The price of a dog x-ray could go as high as $400 if the dog needs a mild sedative for the x-ray procedure.
- Because of the different factors and scenarios, you should plan on spending anywhere from $80 to as much as $350 for a complete dog x-ray.
- On a forum thread through the website About.com, most members claimed that they had to pay anywhere from $100 to $185 for the complete procedure; this price included their vet exam fees.
What is going to be included?
- The x-ray is done using a plastic cassette. This is the process of placing the film just under the target area. The cassette is used to limit scratches or prevent any filth from getting on the film. Thus, this prevents the production of a distorted image. Usually, veterinarians use different cassettes depending on the target area. Each cassette can have a different size or shape, so different ones will be used for different parts of the body.
- The x-ray machine uses a mechanical “arm” which is placed on top of the target area. The ray is then started and it produces various images on the film in different shades of gray. The shades depend on the density of the bone or any tissue. The whitest image seen on the film would be the densest part of the body.
What are extra costs?
- There are added costs if the dog needs to be sedated for the x-ray. The sedation may be due to the dog’s nerves or it may be due to the position the dog must be in for the x-ray. The dog may also need to be sedated because it is uncooperative. You will probably have to pay between $75 and $150 in addition to the x-ray and exam fees.
- If the vet requires a barium x-ray, there would be an added cost. A barium x-ray is when the dog must drink a specialized formula which shows up on the x-ray as it passes through the body.
- Some vets will want to take blood work along with the x-ray. If this is the case, blood work can vary anywhere from $50 to $100.
Factors that influence the price:
- Size of the Dog: The bigger the dog is, the larger the target area needs to be taken for x-ray; therefore, it is going to cost more.
- Purpose of X-ray: There are different kinds of x-rays, so different mediums may be used. For x-rays on the gastrointestinal tract, a barium x-ray is needed. Hence, it is a more in-depth x-ray procedure and detailed images need to be produced.
Tips to Know:
- Always ask your vet where you can get the x-ray done. Some can do it within their clinic while others may send you somewhere else to get it done, after which the results will be sent to your personal vet.
- Most of the time, vets have a diagnostic and radiology department so x-rays could be done in their clinic.
- Ask other pet owners regarding the cost of a dog x-ray. Take note of their answers and determine the location of such radiology clinics.
How can I save money?
- To prevent high costs like this from happening in the future, you may want to consider a pet insurance policy. Like a human insurance policy that most of us carry, it can prevent you from paying higher, unexpected bills.
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