Ultrasound and X-ray Services for Pets

Ultrasounds and X-rays are imaging technology that can be used to give us insight into the inner workings of your pet’s body. These tools can help us get a more accurate diagnosis for your furry family member and get a better picture of their internal health.

How does a pet ultrasound work?

Ultrasounds use sound waves to capture images of your pet’s body. Our veterinary team undergoes special training to give your pet an ultrasound. Worried about whether or not the sound waves are dangerous? They are pet-friendly and do not cause any harm. Our veterinary team will use a handheld device across specific areas of your pet’s body to get a better picture of what’s happening internally. We might recommend ultrasounds or X-rays to examine:

  • Pregnancy
  • Heart conditions
  • Ligaments and tendons
  • Body parts like bones or soft tissue
  • Foreign objects like paper or plastic your pet might have ingested

    How is an ultrasound different from an X-ray?

    The major difference is X-rays use radiation to generate images. Our clinic is equipped with digital X-ray systems that generate digital images fairly quickly. We can analyse it to get a more accurate picture of your pet internally. Another benefit to having this equipment onsite is we can send X-rays electronically to a radiology specialist if we need more specialized support.

    Are the X-ray’s rays dangerous?

    During X-rays, both our veterinary team and your pet will be equipped with protective gear that ensures they are protected from the radiation. If you have questions about the safety measures we take, please connect with us at 403.337.3221.

  • Last updated: July 27, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these 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 waiting 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 take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication.
  • 3. 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.

    4. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Carstairs Veterinary Clinic