Whether the vet has told you or you just think your dog might need an x ray, it is important to know what to expect. The cost of an x ray for your dog can vary a lot depending on what kind of dog you have, what kind of X Ray is needed, and what kind of other services are attached to it.
An x ray is a great tool for diagnosing what is wrong with your dog but you want to make sure you really need it and that the cost is worth it. The easiest way to find out the actual cost is to call up your local vet and ask how much does do x ray cost?
Some x rays are easier to do than others and so they cost less. For example, a stomach or chest x ray are easy to do and usually don’t require the dog to be sedated so these are a couple of the cheapest x rays you can get.
More difficult x rays cost more. The head is the most difficult one because it is difficult to get the dog to keep its head still for the procedure. This means they usually need to sedate your pet in order to get the x ray.
Calculating the Real Cost of Dog X Rays
There are a few different factors that will increase the total cost of your dog’s x ray:
- The need for sedation or anesthesia (and large dogs cost more than small dogs due to the amount of anesthesia needed)
- The need for a barium “milkshake” to help make the digestive tract more visible
- The number of images you need
- The type of x ray (either regular or the more advanced digital)
- The type of facility (a vet is cheaper than an emergency animal hospital)
- Your location (places that have more options usually have more competitive prices).
- The cost of the office visit
Tips for Getting the Best Price
Altogether, you can expect a range of somewhere between $40 and $400 and if that wide range scares you, you’re not alone. Luckily, there are some tricks for getting the best price possible:
- Get multiple quotes: call multiple vets in your area and ask for a price quote. This should be easy to get. Get them to compete by telling your preferred vet that you were offered a lower price somewhere else.
- Ask for an itemized list: Before you agree to anything, ask for a list of everything that they want to do and then ask why they want to do it. Like a mechanic, they may try to take on a lot of extras. If you’re not sure about something, do some additional research to see if it really makes sense for your dog.
- Ask about discounts: many vets offer discounts but don’t advertise them. Usually, there is a senior discount for pets 7 or older. Also make sure any prescriptions given after are for generic medications, not name brands.
- Schedule your appointment early: avoid paying for an overnight stay by taking your dog for the x ray early in the morning.