Dogs today are lucky compared to those in the past when it comes to diagnosing and treating health problems. Science has opened a whole new world of diagnostic imaging tests for our canine and feline fur kids that can see far into their bodies. So why then do so many of us pet parents dread hearing the news that our dog needs an MRI?
When my veterinarian said Sophie needed an MRI to determine which part of her spine was causing her paralysis; I wanted to grab my dog and run out of the office. It’s my opinion this new technology is confusing to pet owners. We aren’t sure about the difference between an ultrasound, a CAT scan and a MRI and we worry which test will be the best for our dog’s condition. I was afraid an MRI might be too stressful for Sophie and make her problem worse. I worried about the cost of the test and wanted assurance the MRI was going to give us a confirmed diagnosis.
If your veterinarian is suggesting an MRI for your paraplegic dog, here is information how the procedure works, what problems it’s best at diagnosing and what you need to know to prepare your dog. But before reading ahead, I found one piece of excellent advice you should keep in mind, “An MRI is used to confirm a diagnosis that cannot be confirmed another way. It should not be scheduled as a way to make an initial diagnosis.”