Veterinarian holding up an x-ray of dog

Ultrasound and X-ray Services for Pets

As a full-service veterinary centre, ultrasound and X-ray are just one of many diagnostic tools that our team has at hand for our wide range of patients. All of our tools are non-invasive and are completely pain-free for your cherished companion, whether they are dogs, cats, pocket pets, exotics, or even equine and farm animals.

What is the difference between an X-ray and ultrasound for dogs/cats?

X-rays are often used to see and analyze bone fractures, swallowed items (this happens more often than you think!) and even tumours. We may choose to use ultrasound to look at parts of your pet’s body that do not show up well on X-rays, which are usually softer tissue organs. Ultrasounds are used to look at the internal and exterior surfaces of soft-tissue organs for abnormalities. The decision to use either tool depends on the condition that we are treating. X-rays and ultrasounds can be used separately or in combination, depending on your pet’s medical condition.

Do pets have to be sedated during X-rays or ultrasounds?

The short answer is yes. In order to produce a clear and accurate scan, most pets need to be unconscious during their X-ray or ultrasound. This is purely for the sake of accuracy, as both procedures are entirely painless. Unlike us humans, our furry friends are not able to stay still and calm for these types of diagnostics.

How much do X-rays or ultrasounds cost for pets?

The price depends on the number of scans that need to be produced as well as your pet’s size, as larger pets will require a higher dosage of sedatives. During your consultation, we will outline in detail our current services rates and charges.

How long does it take to ultrasound or X-ray a dog or cat?

Again, each patient is different. We may need to move and reposition your pet several times to get certain angles of the area in question. We also need time for the sedative to work and for them to regain consciousness. Once the scans are made, we also have to wait for them to be fully processed and then subsequently assessed by your pet’s veterinarian. You may be able to go home with the results of your pet’s tests on that same day, however, written reports may take about 24 hours to complete. You are welcome to contact us to schedule your next appointment and address any further questions about X-rays and ultrasounds.

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. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

    4. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (Pick-up Only)
    Saturday - 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 Dundas Veterinary Services