Preparing your Animal for Thermal Imaging

  • Dogs shouldn’t be walked for at least an hour prior to the consultation.
  • Your pet must be mud-free, and completely dry. Mud and water block the emission of infrared, and affect the temperature measurements.
  • It isn’t necessary to groom your pet before the consultation unless they are particularly dirty. Please don’t groom them within the 20 minutes prior to your consultation time. Grooming increases blood flow to the area.
  • Do not clip or strip your dog 24 hours before the sessionthermal image paw prints
  • Take off any coats at least 20 minutes prior to the consultation.
  • Don’t let your pet ‘sunbathe’ or lie in front of the fire for the hour prior to the consultation. The radiation from either of these will warm them up, and create an area that appears warmer than it is.
  • Don’t use any grooming products such as coat conditioners, liniments, creams etc for 24 hours prior to the consultation, unless under Veterinary direction.
  • Make a note of any medications your pet is taking, and any herbal or homeopathic remedies and feed supplements. Any of these could have an effect on their circulation, and create a false positive. We’ll ask for these details at your consultation.
  • Prepare an area suitable for imaging. This should be out of direct sunlight (the radiation from the sun will warm your pet and create falsely warm areas), and draughts (the breeze will ‘take away’ infrared radiation coming from your pet and make the area appear cooler). Indoors is most suitable. We can take the images in less than perfect conditions, but the resulting images won’t be as easy to interpret. Don’t be surprised if we ask you to turn the lights off, even the radiation from an incandescent light bulb can affect the images, and the thermal camera works just as well in the dark.
  • External temperatures are always noted, and programmed into the camera and computer software used to analyse the images. This allows correction, and eliminates potential problems in interpreting images.

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