X-ray Services for Pets

X-rays are a safe way for us to figure out the cause of your pet’s internal problems and create a list of potential causes. They are also a great way to examine bones, organs, tissues and foreign objects to rule out potential issues or pinpoint the best course of treatment. They might also be a part of your pet’s wellness exam so our team can identify potential problems before they become more serious.

Why might my veterinarian recommend an X-ray?

X-rays provide our veterinarians with valuable insights about your pet’s bones, gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate). An X-ray might be accompanied by other diagnostic tools that help us have a better picture of your pet’s internal health.

How do you take a pet X-ray?

X-rays usually take around 10 minutes. Your pet has to be extremely still while we take an X-ray. For our veterinarian to interpret it, the image needs to be as clear as possible. To avoid blurry images, your pet might need to be sedated or put under general anesthesia that wears off quickly. We use digital radiology which captures X-rays digitally instead of on film. This allows us to diagnose your pet quickly as well as use less radiation than traditional X-rays.

If you have any questions about our services or what to expect during your pet’s procedure, please don’t hesitate to ask by calling 604-824-5848.



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Last updated: April 5, 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, 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 (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. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

    4. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 5 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. 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 Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic