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Has anybody ever gotten them done? How much was it and was your dog on sedatives? And if you had more than one done (because the dog moved or they positioned it incorrectly), were you charged for the faulty x-rays?

 

I just got off the phone with a local specialist, and I don't know if I should do the x-rays with him or somebody else. I wasn't given an estimate because, apparently, you need a consultation first and that costs $105 :blink: Yikes.

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In our case the need for sedation depends on the dog and the body part being x-rayed. The price we paid, around $150 for front leg views was in US $ not California $ ;)

 

Maybe I missed another thread but what is the reason for the x-ray?

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What are the xrays for? Jilly has had abd xrays without sedation side views and with her flat on her back. Depends what they are for I would imagine.

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From what I recall $60 for 2 views. Only charged for readable xrays. For example it could take 3 tries to get 2 readable views. Patient charged $60 for 2 views.

 

Usually patients had their home vet office perform the xrays at the request of the specialist and the patient then takes the xrays with them to the specialist appoint.

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It depends on the dog, the vet and the x-ray. My Joplin can be shot without sedation and is easy to handle. Louis requires sedation and about 3 people (his broken leg was OH SO MUCH FUN). If it's a limb/extremity, oftentimes you can get 2 views on one large plate and save some money that way.

 

Some x-rays require sedation (OFA hip x-rays come to mind), because the dog must be very relaxed in order to get the proper rotation of the joint. Most of the time, if the dog can remain still in position for the amount of time needed, then he or she doesn't have to be sedated.

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Oh, I was hoping Lynn would weigh in! Yep--every time we've had hip X-rays done, they've had to sedate, because most dogs simply can't just lie there and hold their legs splayed out for the X-ray (Nelly can, but she's unusually... flat. :lol). They need to be completely "open--" with the hips spread wide--to have them done. If the dog weren't sedated, he might struggle and injure himself.

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Nadia has gotten chest x-rays because of cardiomyopathy without sedation. These radiographs were $60 or $70. Honey has had her shoulder x-rayed, also without sedation. Two views - $90

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It really depends. They try to do my guys without sedation first, and I'm trying to think... I think they've been able to do radiographs without sedation for everyone that's had them done. But, we haven't had to do hips with my guys.

 

Two views are about $130 - prices just went up. I do not believe we charge (I work there now) for "bad" views - that would be silly. Additional views are about $50 each. Probably so expensive to cover the cost of our bad shots.

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B got all his without sedation, including hips, but we weren't trying to do OFA and he was particularly cooperative ...... As for cost, IIRC first shot is $35 and each good shot thereafter is a bit less.

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At our clinic price also depends on split view or single view, the size of the film, etc. But they should never charge you for bad rads - that is their fault, not yours. As others have said, whether or not to sedate depends on the dog and type of x-rays needed, and also the quality of the x-rays desired (ex, if you're looking for an enlarged heart, then focus and positions isn't TOO important; but if you're taking rads for a knee surgery, then you should definately sedate so that you can manipulate the dog for the proper position and focus).

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