Ultrasound and X-ray Services for Pets

​X-rays and ultrasounds let doctors look inside your pet’s body to help identify the cause of health problems, rule out possible problems or provide a list of possible causes. It can be used alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools such as bloodwork. Interpretation of x-rays requires great skill on the part of the veterinarian. Please feel free to call us at 519.426.0111 if you want to learn more about our diagnostics services. We will be happy to answer your questions to the best of our abilities!

Do pets need to be sedated for X-rays?

X-rays are non-invasive and pain free. But, to keep from getting blurry images we may need to use a sedative to keep your furry friend from moving around during the X-ray process. This is also usually done when your pet is in too much pain, or if they must be placed in an uncomfortable position to get a proper angle for the scan. For abdominal X-rays, most pets do not need sedation or anesthesia.

Why would a pet need an X-ray?

Usually, the veterinarian may require an X-ray scan for several different reasons. The most common circumstances or health issues that warrant a scan are: arthritis, broken or fractured bones, swallowed items and dental problems.

Are ultrasounds and X-rays the same thing?

No. Ultrasounds are a different form of diagnostics. They are used to analyze softer-tissue and fluid-filled organs. For example, an ultrasound can be used to perform a thorough analysis of your pet’s heart, to see any problems in specific sections of the organ. Ultrasounds are able to show more detail than X-rays. The two methods are often used together, depending on your pet’s needs.

Why would a pet need an ultrasound?

Ultrasounds are used to examine conditions concerning your pet’s major organs such as their uterus, prostate, eyes, liver, spleen, kidney, pancreas, lymph nodes and intestines. Ultrasounds, like X-rays, are non-invasive and are pain free. Pets are usually not sedated during ultrasounds, although the fur on the area to be examined needs to be shaved.

Last updated: September 8, 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.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • Our "closed waiting room" policyis ending and we have started to open our doors with some restrictions. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us at 519-426-0111. If you do not have a cell phone, we have placed a doorbell at Door #1 for you convenience. We will alert you when we are ready for your appointment. We are allowing one client to accompany their pet into the examination room. For the safety of our clients and our team, we have barriers in place for you to remain behind during your pet’s appointment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards or e-Transfer as the preferred payment methods.
  • We are now offering food and medication pick-up inside of the clinic by appointment only. Once you arrive, remain outside of the hospital and use your cell phone to call us at 519-426-0111 or if you do not have a cell phone, ring the doorbell at door #1. It is still recommended that client’s place their order through our online store. To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store"

    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday and Sunday: Closed


    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 Simcoe Animal Hospital