Referral of animal patients requiring specialist medical or surgical needs is now common practice in the veterinary field with facility infrastructure and investment provided to enable your pet to have the best possible veterinary care when specialist needs are required. 

At Central Vets & Pets we have access to different referral veterinary practices throughout the Manawatu ensuring continual veterinary care for your pet and is part of our 100% commitment to providing you with access to the best possible veterinary service in the Manawatu.

Our veterinarians will discuss your pet’s case and conduct a thorough physical examination to determine if your pet requires radiographs.

Radiographs are a very important tool to help us diagnose diseases in animals, particularly for conditions involving bones, the chest or abdomen.

What happens to my pet when it is booked in for radiographs?

Once a decision has been made that radiographs are necessary, it is a simple referral process for this diagnostic test to be performed. 

At Central Vets & Pets we care about your pets welfare.  We also recognise that on occasion there may be a need to refer your animal for specialist diagnostics.  This is an important part of being able to provide you with access to the best veterinary care for your pet and is all part of a new and modern type of vetting. After all, if this referral culture is good enough for human medicine and surgery then it should also be good enough for your pet in their time of need.

Patients being admitted for radiographs (x-rays) will need to be booked in for the day as in-patients.  Unlike humans, who can be told to stand or sit still, animals generally like to move around during the process making it difficult to get a good X-ray, therefore we ask that you with hold all food from your pet on the day they are due to be radiographed as it is likely they will require some form of sedation or a general anaesthetic.  Feeding them prior to this procedure increases the risk of the sedation / anaesthetic.

Once radiographs have been taken their interpretation and course of action can be discussed with you at Central Vets & Pets.

Our aim at Central Vets & Pets is to provide good affordable veterinary care for your pets and also provide access to the most modern veterinary facilities available in New Zealand. 

How are radiographs made?

Taking a radiograph is very similar to taking a photo, except we use X-rays instead of light rays. The usefulness of radiography as a diagnostic tool is based upon the ability of X-rays to penetrate matter. Different tissues in the body absorb X-rays to differing degrees. Of all the tissues in the body, bone absorbs the most X-rays. This is the reason that bone appears white on a radiograph. Soft tissues, such as lungs or organs, absorb some but not all of the X-rays, so soft tissues appear on a radiograph in different shades of grey.