Preparing your Dog for Thermal Imaging

To ensure the best possible results when taking thermal images of your dog, please adhere to the followig protocols:


• Your dog shouldn’t be worked for at least an hour prior to the consultation.

• Your dog must be mud-free, and completely dry. Mud and water block the emission of infrared, and affect the temperature measurements.

dog thermal imaging - dog scanning• It isn’t necessary to groom your dog before the consultation unless they are particularly dirty. Please don’t groom your dog within the 20 minutes prior to your consultation time. Grooming increases blood flow to the area.

• Take off any coats, harnesses or equipment at least 20 minutes prior to the consultation.

• Don’t let your dog ‘sunbathe’ or lie in front of the fire for the hour prior to the consultation. The radiation from either of these will warm up the dog, 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 dog is taking, and any herbal or homeopathic remedies and feed supplements. Any of these could have an effect on your dog’s 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 dog and create falsely warm areas), and draughts (the breeze will ‘take away’ infrared radiation coming from your dog 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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