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Dog X-ray Cost

Dog x-ray cost will vary depending on the individual veterinary practice, region, whether or not your pet requires sedation or general anaesthesia, and how many views are taken.  Generally speaking, prices are more expensive in South East England.

dog x-ray cost

Most pets require sedation or general anaesthetic for x-rays.  This is because the animal has to be positioned very specifically and be very still.  Your vet will decide whether sedation or a general anaesthetic is appropriate.  If you are worried about the risks of the procedure, talk to your vet and make sure you are happy to take that risk.  The risk will depend on the age and health status of your pet.  These factors will all affect how much your dog x-rays cost.

Dog x-ray costs are made up as follows:

  • The actual x-ray itself (and interpretation) – £40-90 for the first view, £15-60 for subsequent views
  • Sedation: small dog <20kg – £40-70, large dog >20kg £60-90
  • General anaesthetic: small dog <20kg – £70-90, large dog >20kg £80-95
  • Additonal charges may also apply, for example consultation, admission or hospitalisation fees – approx £10-45

So, what does a dog x-ray cost? 

In total, including sedation, expect to pay at least £150-180 (unless you’re in the South East, in which case at least £250) for basic set of two views of one part of the body. 

Please note this is meant only as a guide, and prices will vary between practices and for individual circumstances.  Dog x-ray costs obviously don’t include any subsequent treatment such as surgery or painkillers that may be required.

Want to know about other vet costs and fees?  See our general Vet Costs page which has price guides for many common services.

For more information on what other people have paid for their dog x-rays in the UK, go to the What Price dog x-ray cost page.


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13 thoughts on “Dog X-ray cost

  • fran

    I have just paid £320 for blood test pre anaesthetic profile, xrays, half day hospitalisation and consultation for my jack russell. is that reasonable? I would also like to know what I can expect to pay for a CT scan of lower back for spinal issues or an MRI. Im hoping a CT scan might be a lot cheaper and hopefully as good.

    • emma the vet Post author

      This sounds perfectly reasonable to me, presuming your dog was sedated/anaesthetised for the X-rays, which will make up much of the cost of the whole procedure. Expect to pay £1000+ for an MRI, CT I’m not sure, but I wouldn’t necessarily think it would be much cheaper than an MRI I’m afraid. Your vet should be able to give you more guidance on likely cost depending on the referral centre and geographical region.

  • Debbie

    My bichon is limping or at times not putting any weight on a back leg after an awkward landing when she jumped, initial vet said and infection in her paw as she had been chewing, next vet said crutiat ligament damage and proscribed anti inflammatory drugs for a few weeks with rest but said as she is approx 10kilo they would not operate on a small dog, drugs didn’t work so back at the vet and now a third also saying crutiat but would like to X-ray as drugs didn’t help, may also be a tumour, my question is 2nd vet say they wouldn’t operate 3rd now saying they would and if tumour leg would need amputated!! Concerned for my baby, she is 7 and I don’t want to put her through unnessasery trauma with X-rays etc when there is nothing that can be done, she doesn’t seem bothered and can shift quickly on 3 legs. Is my vet just looking for hundreds of pounds? Can this damage be repaired can I not just make her comfortable??

    • emma the vet Post author

      Sorry for the delay but I am unable to provide a veterinary advice service as I work full time in veterinary practice and have a family too. I hope you got the advice you need from your own vet and your dog is better now. A cruciate ligament injury will often resolve with rest and anti-inflammatories in a small dog, but not always. The first vet didn’t operate because most small dogs do get back to full function without surgery, if given time. The second vet is suggesting surgery as it is a quicker recovery and as the leg hasn’t got better on first line treatment, she probably needs surgical intervention to get back to normal. Continuing with medication and a careful exercise/physio plan may do the trick if given a bit more time. The third vet may be worried about a tumour if the joint feels abnormal as at this later stage it is hard to know if the changes in the joint are the body trying to stabilise it by laying down fibrous tissue or whether there might be abnormal cancerous tissue there, and this was what was causing the limping in the first place. As she is an older dog they are right to rule out cancer by doing an x-ray, however you do not have to have this if you would prefer to just keep her comfortable. Bear in mind though, if it is cancer, it needs to be caught early if you want her to be treated. Hope this helps and I hope it isn’t cancer.

  • Louise Mcateer

    Hiya my dog is limping not alot only when hed walking for abit only recently started hes a 7 month german shepard he does trip over his paws I stopped walking him for week he was healing until he decieed to dig a hole now hes back to slightly limping again there’s no crying out of him he runs jumps pays with the ball gives u his paw any ideas on what could be

    • emma the vet Post author

      I’m presumiung you are talking about front limb lameness here… If the lameness is not due to an acute soft tissue strain (which should get better with time and low impact exercise), then other possible causes are panosteitis, elbow dysplasia and osteochondrosis dessicans (OCD) of the shoulder. An x-ray would be advisable if this is not getting better after a few weeks.

  • Neil

    Can you help my bulldog has problems with his feet the big pad at the frount right poor it has 2 black holes the vet won’t to put him under and cut the pad open I think he needs a xray and the see about opening if and only then if the is some think in the pad what do you think he has been on antibiotics .

    • emma the vet Post author

      In these kinds of cases it is usually best to investigate by examining and opening up the hole/s under sedation or anaesthetic, as so often the problem doesn’t get better on antibiotics or comes back, and the poor animal is in pain for longer (when it could have been resolved earlier by surgical intervention). Even if a foreign body isn’t found, draining the area well can help resolution and prevent abscess formation. If he is not getting a lot better on antibiotics then I would be thinking about opening it up.

  • Sharon Williams

    Hi my chihuahua has a bad back the vet seemed to think it was muscle spasm she keeps stretching her legs out to stretch her back. She was given an injection and some metacam she was ok for a couple of weeks but is in pain again now acting the same. Is this going to need an X-ray and how much do you think it will cost please

    • Emma the vet Post author

      Very difficult to diagnose and decide what tests are needed without seeing your dog, but an X-ray may be needed and will almost certainly require sedation. Have a look at the Dog X-ray cost page for more details.


  • Debbie

    I have a 7 stone Tamaskan dog and I would like to get him hip scored. My vet wants to charge £220 and that doesn’t include the BVA score. I am a little uncomfortable about knocking him out (even though he’s a healthy 13 months) as that has dangers in and of itself. £220 seems a lot of money as well. Can you advise?

    • Emma the vet Post author

      Hi Debbie,

      Thanks for your question. Unfortunately hip score X-rays have to be done under sedation, it is a requirement by the BVA as the positioning is very precise. If you want him hip scored you can’t avoid having him sedated I’m afraid. However it is a service that you could go elsewhere for and then return to your own vet afterwards. Ring around some local practices and get some more prices – some vets do it as a competitive package price to compete with other practices. We do it at our practice for a fraction of the actual cost to us. FYI we charge £95 to sedate and carry out the x-rays and paperwork, no matter what size of dog or how long it takes (we make a huge loss!). Then the BVA fee is around £58 for either hip or elbow score, £105 for hip and elbow scores.

      A young healthy dog has a very low risk of any problems under sedation, but do talk to the vet who carries it out beforehand and they can discuss risks with you in more detail if it concerns you.

      Hope this helps :)