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Ultrasound and X-ray Services for Pets

Aside from bloodwork and visual/physical exams, here at AMC we offer full service, in house digital radiographs that provide excellent quality diagnostics with minimal exposure to radiation or other harmful elements. For more specialized or complicated cases, we can also refer radiographs to a certified radiologist at any time. If you think that your pet may benefit from some diagnostics, or if you wish to learn more about our ultrasound, x-ray and other scans here at the practice, please simply call us for further information and to schedule your next consultation.

How do you use X-ray and radiology services at your hospital?

X-rays are also called radiographs. These are non-invasive tools that help veterinarians diagnose diseases (e.g. arthritis, pneumonia), examine abnormalities, identify any bone fractures and many more.
Ultrasounds are usually used after X-rays. As the name suggests, these tools use sound beams to detect diseases or abnormalities that may not be identifiable with X-rays. Ultrasounds may be used to detect cysts or abnormalities in your pet’s internal organs.

How much does an X-ray exam cost?

The fee for radiographs depends on how many scans are required and if your pet needs sedation. Sedation may be needed to provide quality radiographs for the veterinarian to diagnose any abnormalities. During your exam with the veterinarian an estimate of fees will be provided.

Will my pet need anesthesia or sedation during the X-ray?

It truly depends. For example, if the pet is very calm, and the area that needs to be scanned is easy to reach, then they may not need to be sedated. More often than not though, we sedate our patients for their own comfort – especially if they need to be placed in an awkward position to scan the area of concern properly. This allows us to get the most accurate scans. Most of the time, even the most relaxed pets cannot stay still long enough for the procedure to be done correctly.

Last updated: December 21, 2021

Dear Clients,

For the safety of our staff and clients, we have implemented a “Closed Door Policy” which means our clinic doors are no longer open to the public.Here is what that means for you:

  • We ask that on arrival for your appointment you call us (902)564-8356 Sydney and let us know you are in the parking lot
  • A member of our team will then take a history on your pet by phone, they will then meet you at our front door to take your pet inside while you return to your car
  • Your veterinarian will perform an examination of your pet and then call you with exam findings and any suggested treatment plans
  • Any necessary medications will be prepared in the clinic for you, and will be sent with your pet when we are ready to send them home
  • Payments for appointments can be taken over the phone or by payment at the door
  • All food and drug orders are still required to be called in beforehand and prepaid over the phone
  • All future updates will be posted on social media as our situation with COVID-19 in our province is constantly changing
  • We also request that clients refrain from using our emergency line for anything other than true emergencies

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call at (902) 564-8356 Sydney. With the implementation of this closed door policy, it is a longer process so we ask for your patience and co-operation during this time

    Please note the phone lines may be busier, but we will get to you as soon as we can. We have zero tolerance for verbal abuse.

    Again, we thank you for your patience and co-operation during this trying time.


    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    AMC – Sydney

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    AMC – Reserve Mines (Temporarily Closed)

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Saturday & 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!

    - Your dedicated team at Animal Medical Centre