IS YOUR PET HAVING SURGERY? HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PRE-ANESTHETIC BLOOD TESTING:
- If your pet is having surgery or a dental procedure, it is important to run same-day bloodwork to ensure your pet can properly process and eliminate the anesthesia on the day of the procedure.
- Pre-anesthetic testing helps give a better understanding of how well your pet's organs are functioning and can potentially catch problems early on. It can also allow customization of your pet’s anesthetic protocol.
- Pre-anesthetic testing establishes a baseline for your pet’s individual health, which is very helpful for future reference.
- Results of the pre-anesthetic profile indicate whether your pet is properly hydrated, has kidney or liver problems, and can detect diabetes, hypoglycemia, signs of infection or inflammation, platelet disorders, and anemia.
- To prepare your pet for surgery, be sure your pet has not eaten anything at least 8-12 hours prior to surgery. (Fasted blood samples provide more accurate results)
- Bring along any medications your pet is taking.
- Ask questions if you don’t understand what is being done or why. We are always happy to help and want you to feel relaxed and comfortable with the decisions you make regarding your pet’s healthcare.
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