A.E.Z.R. Pet Hospital

Petaluma, CA 94954






When it comes to diagnosing your pet's health issues, we routinely employ X-rays as a valuable diagnostic tool. X-rays play a crucial role in pinpointing the underlying causes of problems, ruling out potential issues, and compiling a comprehensive list of potential sources of concern. Furthermore, X-rays are not solely reserved for troubleshooting; they are also utilized during routine wellness examinations to detect and diagnose potential problems before they escalate into more serious conditions.

These X-ray examinations yield essential insights into various aspects of your pet's anatomy, including bones, the gastrointestinal tract (comprising the stomach, intestines, and colon), the respiratory tract (encompassing the lungs), the heart, and the genitourinary system (including the bladder and prostate). Our approach to diagnostics often involves combining radiology with other diagnostic tools, demonstrating the expertise of our veterinary team in interpreting these radiographs.

We take pride in offering digital radiology, an advanced technology that captures X-rays digitally rather than on traditional film. This state-of-the-art method not only expedites the diagnosis process for your pet but also minimizes radiation exposure compared to conventional X-rays.

To ensure the clarity and accuracy of the X-ray images, it is crucial for pets to remain completely still during the imaging procedure. Depending on the circumstances, we may administer sedation or utilize short-acting general anesthesia to achieve this.

If you have any inquiries regarding our radiology services or seek clarification about what to anticipate during your pet's diagnostic procedure, please do not hesitate to reach out. Your pet's well-being is our top priority, and we are here to provide you with the information and support you need.



Ultrasonography, also known as ultrasound or sonography, is a noninvasive and painless procedure that employs sound waves to investigate the internal organs and structures within a pet's body. It serves various purposes, including assessing the health of organs such as the heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, and bladder, as well as detecting the presence of fluids, cysts, tumors, abscesses, and confirming pregnancy or monitoring an ongoing one.

This imaging technique may be combined with radiography (X-rays) and other diagnostic approaches to ensure a precise diagnosis. The interpretation of ultrasound images demands a high level of expertise from the clinician.

During the ultrasound procedure, an ultrasonographer applies a gel to the body's surface and systematically maneuvers a transducer, a small handheld device, over the skin to capture images of the target area. The gel aids in smoother transducer movement and enhances the accuracy of the visual representation.

The transducer emits ultrasonic sound waves directed into the body, and these waves generate echoes that vary in intensity based on tissue density and fluid content. These echoes produce detailed images of the internal structures, which are displayed on a monitor and saved for evaluation.

It's important to note that ultrasound does not expose your pet to radiation, has no reported side effects, and typically does not require sedation or anesthesia. However, shaving the hair in the area of interest is often necessary to ensure optimal image quality, a step taken by the ultrasonographer.

If you have any inquiries regarding our ultrasonography service or are curious about what to expect during your pet's ultrasound procedure, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are here to address any concerns and provide you with the information you need to ensure the well-being of your beloved pet.