Pre-Anesthetic Testing

Pre-Anesthetic Testing

Pre-Anesthetic Testing

Pre-Anesthetic Testing

We require all surgical patients have pre-anesthetic blood work done prior to their procedure. Because we believe that it is important for you to have your pet’s blood work checked before undergoing anesthesia, we have highly discounted the price. It is a low-cost protection to assure the safest anesthesia for your pet and gives us a baseline for any future problems. Pre-anesthetic blood work allows our veterinary staff to determine if your pet is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia. Below is a list of some of the values tested and their potential impact on anesthesia.

Pre-Anesthetic Blood Work

We check many items with the pre-anesthetic blood profile (CBC, Chem 10)

  • Red Blood Cell Count – Anemia will greatly increase risks associated with anesthesia

  • Hemoglobin – Low blood iron will decrease oxygen transfer

  • White Blood Cell Count – Can indicate signs of infections

  • Platelet Count – Low levels of platelets increase the risk of bleeding

  • Albumin – Low levels in the blood can increase the risk of bleeding and seroma formation

  • Total Protein – Low protein levels will slow healing

  • Alk Phos – Checks liver status and its ability to assist with the metabolism of anesthetics

  • ALT – Checks liver status and its ability to assist with the metabolism of anesthetics

  • BUN – Checks functional status of the kidneys

  • Creatinine – Checks functional status of the kidneys

  • Glucose – Altered blood glucose levels can greatly increase risks associated with anesthesia and post-operative healing