X-ray Services for Pets

Some of our veterinary team members will request your pet have an X-ray if they need a deeper look internally at their body. Digital radiography (X-rays) help create images over internal structures by penetrating layers of tissue. It is sometimes combined with other diagnostic tools, like bloodwork, to get the most accurate look at how your pet’s body is working. If you have questions about our X-ray procedures, please contact our team at 403.335.3519.

How do you take pet X-rays?

X-rays use electromagnetic waves to create images of your pet’s internal organs and bones. Only some body parts can be seen on X-rays like bones in the spine, limbs, liver, kidney and spleen. X-rays are really helpful when assessing your pet’s oral health. They are great at detecting damage at the tooth’s root, which can’t be seen solely with the human eye.

X-rays use radiology. Are they safe?

Yes, they are safe. Our high-skilled veterinary team is trained to take all the necessary precautions to make sure the X-ray process doesn’t harm your pet. X-rays do expose your pet to radiation but advantages in technology have minimized the amount, in comparison to when it was first developed. During the X-ray, your pet will wear protective covers over the parts of their body that aren’t being imaged. Our team also wears protective gear to limit the effects of exposure to the electromagnetic waves.

How do I prepare my pet for their X-ray?

Always ask your veterinarian about specific things your pet will need to do before they have X-rays. It might be helpful to not feed your pet before their appointment, particularly if they’re having X-rays of their abdomen. We can produce better images if your pet has an empty stomach. If your pet has a hard time staying still, we might give them a sedative to help them relax.

Last updated: April 5, 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.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. NEW PET OWNERS Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

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

    - The team at Didsbury Veterinary Services