X-rays (radiology) may be needed to determine if your cat or dog has a broken bone (fracture), a dislocation, other joint problem, or other abnormality of the skeleton. They can also help our skilled veterinarians determine if there is an enlarged heart, an abnormality with the lungs or airways, swollen organs in the abdomen, stones in the urinary bladder or kidneys, other abnormalities, or harmful or foreign materials that have been swallowed. We also have the capability of performing dental x-rays to look for damaged or unhealthy teeth, periodontal disease, oral tumors, or jaw abnormalities. All of our x-rays are digital, which allows them to be easily copied or sent electronically for a specialist's consultation. The x-rays are stored in your pet's medical record in the computer system of Circle Veterinary Clinic for immediate retrieval and permanent security. Occasionally, a pet will need to have sedation or anesthesia to be able to obtain good quality x-rays.