Digital Imaging


Radiographs or “xrays” are an important diagnostic tool. They are a quick and cost effective way to see “inside the body”.

We can perform xrays on your pet for routine screening (often done to eliminate cancer risk), if they have been in an accident, to check for ingestion of foreign material or objects, for bladder stones, or if they are displaying signs of pain.

Our xray technician will prepare your pet and take the necessary x-rays. Our preference is to always try to position the pets gently to minimize stress and discomfort. Sometimes, however, a mild sedative may be required to relax your pet, but we will always inform you that this is needed before administering it.

We now have digital radiology capability to insure the highest quality of radiographic images and maximum efficiency. These are available for immediate viewing.

All xrays are reviewed by a board certified veterinary radiologist to insure accuracy.


Ultrasound allows the doctor to examine the internal organs of your pet in a painless manner with no known side effects. It is more sensitive than Xrays for seeing “inside the body”.

It can be used to uncover structural damage, deformities, or abnormalities to the heart, liver, stomach, kidneys, and other major bodily organs. Ultrasound can also capture “real time” movements of the organs, so functional abnormalities can also be found.

During an ultrasound, high frequency sound waves are pulsed into your pet’s body. They do not feel this and it does not cause any discomfort. Many people relate ultrasounds to pregnancy exams to show the baby inside the mother, but it has many other uses.

Ultrasound technology can help to catch diseases and other health problems at early stages. This is important in helping your pet fight any diseases they may be afflicted with before the problem becomes serious. All of the doctors at Oceanside Veterinary Hospital are capable ultrasonographers.