Ultrasound and X-ray Services for Pets 

Ultrasound and X-ray are common diagnostic tools we use at our clinic. Both are pain-free and non-invasive procedures that provide images of your pet’s internal organs and structures. Radiographs provide valuable information about your furry friend’s bones, stomach, intestines, colon, lungs, heart, bladder and prostate. Ultrasounds, on the other hand, are used to evaluate soft tissue. This could be the liver, kidney, gallbladder to detect fluids, tumours, cysts, abscesses and pregnancies. Our staff has received special training to interpret the results from both procedures to ensure that your pet gets an accurate diagnosis.

How do ultrasounds and X-ray work in pets? 

X-ray: Radiographs use a small amount of radiation to penetrate hard tissues. This means that owners are not permitted in the room. The small amount of radiation used in the procedure is safe for your pet, but as an extra precaution, we provide a cover to protect the other parts of your pet’s body, which aren’t the focus. Light rays are targeted on a particular area to get the images, and the hard organs and bones absorb the rays. As the rays are absorbed, images are taken of the structures or organs.

Ultrasound: To get a clear image of the soft tissues, our team may shave the fur from the targeted area on your pet. A trained Ultrasonographer will apply gel to the area then wave the transducer over the areas of interest. The transducer sends sound waves that echo and create detailed images which are shown on the computer.

To get a more accurate result, both procedures may be used together along with other diagnostic methods. If you have more questions about our ultrasonography and X-ray service, please contact us at 519.641.8383.

Will my pet be sedated during an ultrasound or X-ray? 

Sedation or anesthesia is not typically required for these procedures. In some instances where pets aren’t relaxed, we may sedate them or use short-acting general anesthesia. Otherwise, our veterinary team works gently with our patients to gain their trust and to make them feel as comfortable as possible.

Last updated: September 3, 2021

Dear Clients,

Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. Based on the current provincial 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, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • Continue our "closed exam 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 let you know when you will be able to enter the reception area. Once the doctor is ready to examine your pet we will have a staff member bring them into the exam room. The Veterinarian will come speak with you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, please remain in the designated seating area until the receptionist is ready to take your 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. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    4. 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 Komoka-Kilworth Animal Clinic