The Pet Threat: Why Pets Need X-rays

Why should you have your pet X-rayed? Because X-ray imaging is the most effective and least invasive way to make sure your pet is as healthy on the inside as he or she appears on the outside. X-rays reveal and help diagnose health issues that we humans are otherwise not able to see, and certainly our barking and meowing friends cannot bring to our attention.

Diagnosing Dental Disease

Dental disease is one of the most common health problems for both dogs and cats, yet it is often left unnoticed and untreated. When left untreated, dental infections can affect a pet’s heart, lungs and other organs!
Seventy-five percent of your pet’s tooth structure lies beneath the gum line, which means it is impossible for your veterinarian to completely diagnose dental problems without seeing the full set of choppers. A dental radiograph will accurately identify issues like periodontal disease, fractures, bone loss and broken tooth roots, as well as abscessed, impacted or dead teeth. It’s important to get your pet’s teeth checked and X-rayed around the time they reach six months of age since more than 70 percent of pets have some form of oral disease by the time they reach the age of three.


There is a common misconception amongst pet owners that X-rays are only useful in diagnosing skeletal issues. However, radiology is also used to examine and diagnose a pet’s inner organs for irregularities. X-rays can detect foreign bodies lodged in the stomach or intestines. Other detectable abnormalities include the presence of fluid, a tumor or disease in the heart, liver, kidneys, lungs or small intestines.

Ultrasounds are often used for reasons other than pregnancy screenings, as they provide a three-dimensional view of the interior and exterior of your pet’s organs. Ultrasounds give your vet the ability to examine an organ’s structure or texture without invasive surgery.

For most pet owners, a furry friend is a hugely important part of life. No pet should be deprived of normal medical care or made to suffer in silence when an injury or diseases crops up. If your pet’s temperament has changed, if he or she is having a hard time eating or drinking, or even if you notice incurably bad breath – a simple X-ray can help diagnose what could be a life-shortening medical issue.

A Note to Veterinarians

Now that we have enlightened pet owners to the benefits of X-rays for pets, we have a few reminders for veterinarians who offer X-ray imaging.

  • An equipment performance evaluation (EPE) must be performed on your X-ray machine in accordance with Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 289.233(i)(5)(N)(i)
  • This rule states that veterinary offices are required to have EPE/state-required X-ray calibrations completed each time the agency requests submission of the Remote Inspection form, and after each machine installation.
  • If you have received your Remote Inspection letter from the Department of State Health Services, please call All Star X-ray, so that we may be of service to you!

As always, your image is our business!