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Sometimes the cause of your pet’s illness or injury is not obvious on the outside and we need to take x-rays to help diagnose the problem.

At Border Vets we use digital radiography as this uses less radiation than old-style photographic film, and the results are available quickly. The digital image can easily be zoomed and enhanced to help with diagnosis, as well as transferred quickly to a specialist if required.

X-rays are commonly used to evaluate:

  • Lameness and sore joints
  • Heart and lung disorders
  • Vomiting and digestive disorders
  • Urinary problems

X-rays are normally performed under light sedation and are commonly a day procedure where your pet comes in first thing in the morning and goes home to you in the afternoon.

Our Radiography Suite is available to our vets and nurses 24 hours a day for helping your pet.



Vet nurses using ultrasound on cat at Border Vets


Ultrasound is a painless and non-invasive way of looking inside your pet. It uses sound waves to make a computer image that helps us to evaluate if organs are working properly.

Most people will be familiar with an ultrasound if they themselves have been pregnant. We commonly scan cats and dogs for pregnancy with the ultrasound machine too.

Sometimes if your pet has an abnormal organ we can also use the ultrasound machine to guide us when we are taking a biopsy.