X-rays are a common procedure. With x-rays broken, cracked, or splintered bones can be recognized with a higher focus. We also use x-rays during our barium studies, for when your mischievous kiddo might have eaten something they probably shouldn't have. With a barium study, we can track the movements of their gut to see if there is any progress or if surgery will be required. During dentals x-rays of the mouth may be necessary. Perhaps your pet has a broken tooth - it's always best to get an x-ray after the dental procedure to see if the whole root has been removed, otherwise there may be complications such as abscesses to look forward to.