Hawkins Pet and Exotic Animal Clinic Offers Digital X-Rays for Exotic Animals
Diagnosing internal injuries and disorders in exotic animals can prove considerably trickier than diagnosing the same problems in more commonly-seen pets such as dogs and cats -- even for an experienced exotic animal vet. That's because these animals may not exhibit obvious signs of pain or other telltale indicators of a specific condition. That's where X-ray imaging comes to the rescue, and why you want your pet to receive the most advanced X-ray technology possible. Our team at Hawkins Pet and Exotic Animal Clinic accomplishes this through the use of digital X-ray equipment.
Why Your Exotic Pet Should Receive Digital X-Rays at Hawkins Pet and Exotic Animal Clinic
X-rays can prove essential for diagnosing hidden conditions in exotic animals. These invisible rays pass through solid materials to varying degrees, depending on the density of the materials. In traditional X-ray procedures, this effect leaves a black-and-white image on photographic film. The results can reveal whether your turtle is pregnant, display tooth overgrowth or other dental problems in small mammals, or confirm a fracture in the delicate bones of a bird.
Unfortunately, traditional x-rays have some disadvantages. They expose your pet to a certain amount of radiation, and the film development process can take several minutes, with imperfect images having to be taken again (thus involving even more radiation). Digital X-rays do away with many of these problems. This technology exposes animals to much less radiation per image, and the results are instantly available for viewing as digital files.
Digital X-rays also offer much greater image detail and clarity than traditional film-based X-rays. The images can be blown up, digitally enhanced with different colors, and shared with other veterinary specialists almost instantly via email. Dr. Hobbs can show you these images on a monitor screen right away, explaining the findings, and recommending treatment options. Last but not least, digital X-rays are easily stored in a computer folder for quick reference, allowing us to chart your pet's progress over time.
Your exotic pet won't experience any discomfort from the X-ray procedure itself. However, we may administer a sedative beforehand to help your pet relax and lie still for the digital camera, thus ensuring sharper images while keeping your pet calm.
Give your exotic animal the latest in diagnostic technology. Contact Hawkins Pet and Exotic Animal Clinic today at (903) 769-2331 to schedule an appointment.