Before any surgery, we at Glendale strongly believe in and recommend pre-operative bloodwork. This is the standard in human medicine; you could never have a surgery performed on you without it.
Healthy-looking pets may be hiding symptoms of a disease or ailment. Testing bloodwork helps detect this kind of illness so we can avoid problems with anesthesia. This blood work tests the major organs including the liver and kidneys, which process the anesthetic medications. It also checks the animals’ blood cells. If the pre-anesthetic testing results are normal, we can proceed with confidence. If not, we can alter the anesthetic protocol or take other precautions to safeguard your pet’s health. These tests become part of your pet’s medical record, providing a baseline for future reference. Knowledge of your pet's complete heath status prior to any procedure requiring sedation or anesthesia is not just good medicine, it is critical to help ensure a successful outcome. Identifying underlying conditions will enable the veterinarian to select the best combination of drugs, fluid therapy, and monitoring tools ultimately reducing the risk of complications to your pet. So, what do our veterinarians do when confronted with an unexpected health condition? First, you can expect a phone call from them detailing the concern and what their recommendations are. It depends on what the condition is and how severe it is. If the condition is mild and the procedure is important to the pet’s well being, they may proceed but alter the original anesthetic and surgery plan. If the condition is more severe, we will likely recommend cancelling the surgery and possibly pursuing further diagnostics.
Pre-anesthetic blood testing will cost you a little extra, but it can save your pet’s life and reduce the risk of anesthetic complications. In the end, it’s all about piece of mind and ensuring the future health of your pet.