A pet CT scan is a diagnostic procedure that your veterinarian may recommend for your dog or cat. It allows the vet to get a closer look at targeted internal body parts such as organs, muscles, and bones. Learn more about what the scan involves and when it’s recommended so you’ll be prepared and know what to expect.
An Introduction to the Pet CT Scan
What It Is
The CT scan begins with putting your pet under anesthesia because they will need to hold completely still throughout the scan. The technician then takes scans. A CT is an X-ray that’s more complex than a typical radiograph. The computed scan creates three-dimensional models of the affected area. The technician may take the scan with an injection of iodine as well, which helps locate tumors of inflammation. Each scan takes about 30 seconds, and the entire procedure usually lasts for around 45 minutes.
Why It’s Useful
The in-depth mapping of your pet’s internal organs is useful in many circumstances. It can be used to diagnose numerous problems. For example, one common use for the scan is evaluating nasal disease in pets with chronic nasal discharge. It can also be used to prepare for certain surgeries, such as determining the precise location and size of tumors to minimize pet surgery time in removing them. It’s often used with cancer patients, as it can rule out or identify metastasis (spreading) of cancer to plan for effective treatment. It’s also used to understand orthopedic issues and plan for the corrective surgeries they require.
A pet CT scan is a service that not many veterinary offices provide. Petplex Animal Hospital is one of only three locations in the state of Ohio that offers them. Pets and their families come from across Heath, Newark, Granville, Reynoldsburg, Pickerington, Lancaster, Perry County, Fairfield County, and Licking County for their state-of-the-art care. Their full-service facility is open for emergency vet services as well. Visit their website to learn more about their services, or call (740) 929-3300 to schedule an appointment.