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We are excited to announce that we will be providing Urgent Care hours at Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital! Every other Sunday from 3pm-11pm starting this Sunday, January 8th, 2023.

Typical Conditions Seen by Urgent Care:

  • Eyes: swelling, discharge, redness
  • Nose: running, crusting, discharge
  • Ears: discharge, debris, odor, twitching, scratching, shaking
  • Coughing or sneezing
  • Vomiting (minor or occasional)
  • Diarrhea
  • Straining to have a bowel movement
  • Change in urine color, frequency, or amount
  • Change in amount of food or water intake
  • Lameness / Limping
  • Recent ingestion of minor foreign material or toxin
  • (if showing no clinical signs)
  • Change in behavior
  • (depression, anxiety, sleepiness)
  • Evidence of worms, or fleas
  • Wounds or bite marks (minor)
  • Lumps
  • Facial swelling, licking, or scratching

This is a great option for those illnesses and injuries that need to be seen in a timely manner. Patients will be seen in the order of arrival and order of severity. Please call to let us know when you arrive. We look forward to helping meet this need in our community.

Radiology (X-Rays)

Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital Offers Radiology Services for Pet Health

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Radiolology, or x-ray imaging, allows veterinarians a look inside an animal's body without having to do invasive, exploratory surgery. In veterinary medicine, x-rays are an important diagnostic tool to find a number of common health issues. At Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital in Fredericksburg, VA, we provide radiology services to help us serve our patients effectively.  

Understanding Radiology for Pet Veterinary Care

The same type of x-rays people receive to diagnose their illnesses can be used by veterinarians to diagnose problems in pets. An x-ray, or “radiogram,” is an image created by shooting an x-rays at a part of the body. The hard structures inside the body, such as bones, block the rays, providing contrast with the soft tissues of a body for the final image. Sometimes, getting a good image of internal organs requires the use of dyes to provide additional contrast in the images. This helps veterinarians find abnormalities that may be causing an animal's symptoms. Today’s technology uses digital x-ray images, which can be easily stored or sent to veterinary specialists.

Problems Radiograms Can Detect

X-rays may be taken when an animal hit by a car or injured by a fight with another animal. These images can show bone fractures or spinal problems that affect the animal’s ability to move normally. X-rays can also detect foreign bodies in the gastrointestinal tract that the animal may have ingested. Sometimes, veterinarians use x-rays to detect changes in the bones caused by cancer or other illnesses.

What Happens When Your Pet Is X-Rayed?

When you bring your pet with a suspected injury or illness to our animal hospital, our vet will do a preliminary exam to get information on the animal’s condition. If a bone fracture, joint problem, or spinal problem is suspected, x-rays will be done to assess the issue. In some cases, the animal will be lightly sedated to prevent movement while the x-rays are performed, so that a clear picture of the internal structures can be taken. However, sedation may not always be necessary.  After the x-rays are taken, the vet will carefully evaluate the images in order to make a diagnosis and provide appropriate treatment.

Make Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian in Fredericksburg

Dr. Newman, Dr. Aragon and Dr. Moffitt use their extensive training and years of experience to ensure good health for our patients in Fredericksburg, VA, and the surrounding communities. We provide many pet services, including wellness exams, vaccinations, diagnostics, surgery, pharmacy services, laser therapy, dental care, and boarding. Call Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital today at 540-373-6100 for an appointment to have your pet examined and to learn how radiology can help keep your pet healthy and active.

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