The Cutting Edge

Advanced diagnostics for improved patient care.


Radiographs, commonly referred to as X-rays, are an extremely useful diagnostic tool. They can be used to detect a variety of problems, such as broken bones, heart and lung disease, intestinal foreign bodies, bladder stones, and some types of cancer. Capeside Animal Hospital has a room specifically designed for radiology. The Doctor and veterinary assistant wear protective lead lined aprons and radiology badges that measure x-ray exposure.

Radiographs require the patient to remain very still and most dogs and cats are cooperative. Some patients require sedation or general anesthesia if a particular view or position is needed. Because we are required by law to monitor radiation exposure via badges, clients are not permitted to restrain their pets during radiographs. Our hospital is equiped with digital radiology equipment and all of our radiographs are reviewed by a board-certified radiologist.

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Ultrasonography is a non-invasive diagnostic tool that can image structures within the body. An abdominal ultrasound can reveal problems with the liver, gallbladder, intestinal tract, spleen, kidneys, adrenal glands and urinary bladder. An ultrasound of the heart, or an echocardiogram, which allows us to see the heart in motion. We can assess the four heart chambers, the heart valves, and blood flow through the heart. Your pet’s hair will be shaved in the appropriate area, chest, or abdomen. Some pets require light sedation.

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Video Otoscopy

The Video Vetscope system can be used in a variety of ways. It is an instrument containing a camera that is connected to a video monitor. The camera is small and can be used to better visualize the ear canal, retinas, nasal cavity, oral cavity, trachea, rectum or the genital/urinary tract. Images or short video clips can be obtained, stored, or printed in color. The images are then shared with the client so you can see exactly what we are seeing.

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In-House Blood Analysis Machines

We have hospital equipment to obtain information quickly when your pet is sick, and twice daily pick up for shipping of samples to a large reference lab for any tests we cannot perform in house.

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