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For an x ray to be done on a dog do they have to be anesthetized? I've had several vets tell me regarding Jake, that if he needs an xray he'll have to be under anesthesia. Given this is how his sire died, I won't do it unless an emergency- but I wondered as I don't remember my other pets in the past having to be sedated- So far we don't have a need (his limp is better) but I am worried-
 

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I know I brought my Aunts yorkie in and they took xrays right away and brought her and the xray out to show me. No sedation that I recall. She was xrayed for a kidney stone. Cant imagine why they told you that but maybe someone else knows.
 
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Max was put a little under. He had no problems at all. Must do it again in August for his teeth cleaning.

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It depends on the dog and the shot required Often the dog must be manipulated into some uncomfortable postitions and remain motionless this is not likely to happen unless the dog is put under. Other times a perfectly clear image is not required so it may be attempted with out sedation if it doesn't work the dog can be sedated for another shot.
 

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Also depends on the vets and/or techs doing the x-ray. Some just have the right combination of skill and way with dogs to do most without anesthesia. I bet my dogs have had over a hundred x-rays over a period of 30+ years and none have needed sedation. BTW most of the x-rays were for one dog in particular-no names mentioned to protect the guilty. ;)
 

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I think sedation is probably more commonly used with a painful extremity...or a very skittish hound. Both Winnie and Reuben have had abdominal films done in the last year without sedation, but the little mutt I had with an ACL tear did get a lite dose of something

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