Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Clean X-rays

Riley's x-rays were clean. Her hips are perfect and the knees looked good as well.

Hip x-rays are fairly complicated to do. The dog has to be positioned just right and on their back. My vet was nice enough to allow me to stay with Riley through the process and take pictures.

First, Riley was sedated. Once she had fallen asleep and her muscles had relaxed, she was placed on the x-ray table and into a plastic cradle.

Next, gallon jugs were placed along Riley's waist and hips to further hold her in the correct position. And her hind legs are tied together.

Not the most flattering pose.

Riley is in la la land.

Since Riley was sedated, it was the perfect time to have a microchip indentification inserted. I am a needle freak so I prefer that my greyhounds not be awake for the procedure. I have a hard time giving the greyhounds good vibes and warm fuzzies about needles the size of toothpicks.

And the clean x-rays. The D ring you see above the pelvis is part of the leash that was tied around her thighs to keep her legs together. The white balloon objects on each side are the jugs of water.


Sientay L said...

Glad the xrays are clean. So, just obedience from now on?? A goofy gait shouldn't stop her from doing some agility.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

We will definitely continue with agility and obedience. I just wanted to make sure she was not moving funny because she was in pain. She is an awful jumper, but improving :-). I'm enjoying the challenge of bringing out the best in her and increasing her strength, balance, and fitness. It will be fun to see how she changes. The x-rays ensure that I am not asking her to do something she is not capable of.


Addie said...

Cool that the x-rays were clean! I've never seen the dog x-ray process, so these pictures were really interesting. Who'd have thought they'd use gallon jugs?


BrittBeah said...

Jugs of water...never seen that one before, I guess we all have our way of doing things?
Glad all is well.

Anonymous said...

Yay for Riley! Glad you can continue agility with her and her 'clean' hips.

Sientay L said...

That's good that Riley will continue agility. She looks so eager to learn/please in your video clips.

Denise- LessIsMore17 said...

I know you're relieved! Great pics!

greytblackdog said...

maybe a visit to the chiropractor would help with the gait?

poor girl shouldn't have those pics displayed for the world to see. its the equivalent to showing naked baby pictures of her at her high school graduation. come on mom!

Zan said...

Glad to hear her x-rays came out OK. The chiro really helped Nick's weird gait. In his case, only one leg was moving oddly though.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

She has not seen the chiro yet, but she will soon.


Hiking Hounds said...

That's cool, I always wondered how they held the animals in position when they took the x-rays. Glad everything is good.


Debbie (Emma's mom) said...

Interesting pictures! ...So glad the xrays were clean and you can continue with the agility training!

Michelle and Mitch said...

Glad to hear the x-rays are clean! Great news!! Thanks for taking us through the process. It's nice to have an idea of what to expect. =)

Jemma said...

Just curious - how did you manage to get an image of the x-ray? Did you ask for a copy of the x-ray images and then come home and scan it? :)

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Jemma, I just took a photo of it while it was being held up with the back light. My husband did the same thing with an x-ray he held up to the light. Very easy! :-)