Cat X-ray and Ultrasound

South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital is equipped with the latest in X-ray technology, with the addition of the Idexx ImageVue DR40 Digital Imaging System. With this state-of-the-art machine, we produce excellent quality images in seconds. That means less time for your pet on the X-ray table, minimal exposure for our staff, and reduced impact on the environment.

What is the difference between a cat X-ray and a cat ultrasound?

As one of the many diagnostic tools available at South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital, radiology (x-ray) is routinely used to provide valuable information about your pet’s health. Potential areas in which we may use radiology to investigate your pet’s condition include their bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon), respiratory tract (lungs), heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate).

Occasionally, when radiographs are challenging to interpret, we will suggest that they be sent to a Veterinary Radiologist. The images are sent immediately over the internet with the simple touch of a button! The specialist will review the radiographs and send back a full report.

An ultrasound is a 3D image and can offer a different diagnostic option for your cat. Our hospital works closely with board-certified radiologists, and when needed, we will arrange an ultrasound for your pet. Once a month, we have a board-certified veterinary radiologist in our hospital. You can rest assured that you will be working with the same animal care team that you and your pet are familiar with. If it is an emergency, we can work with a referral hospital and arrange for an ultrasound outside of our hospital when needed.

Does the clinic also do feline dental X-rays?

At South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital, we offer digital dental x-rays as well. Just like when you go to the dentist, x-rays can offer diagnostic imaging of the bone and tooth structure, which is important in diagnosing oral health.

How much does a cat X-ray cost?

Treatment options vary depending on your pet’s reason for coming to South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital and what our veterinarians discover during their exam. Our team will present an estimate and review it with you prior to proceeding.

COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing health crisis, we have suspended our pet boarding services until further notice, and we are not accepting new patients at this time due to higher than normal case-loads. Thank you for your understanding.

Note: If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, please let us know when you book your pet’s appointment. As the potential to spread to pets is still relatively unknown, it is possible that your pet could create a risk to other people who may be handling him or her. Whenever possible, please send someone who is not experiencing respiratory symptoms to the appointment with your pet.

The following changes are effective as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 604-526-0334. We will bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then call you on your cell phone to discuss the issues with your pet, and you will have a telemedicine consult with the veterinarian to discuss further diagnostics required or a treatment plan for your pet. Following the end of the appointment, we will return your pet to your vehicle. If you do not have a cell phone, please knock on our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. Where possible, we will do our best to accommodate annual vaccinations; however, all other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

In these uncertain times, please see the below link for the most recent information for the public on COVID-19 and animals from the Government of Canada (specifically the Canadian Food Inspection Agency).


Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital