We STRONGLY suggest you have pre-anesthetic blood work done on your pet. 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 o 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

Before surgery, please fill out this form online, or, if you prefer, print out and fill out this form and fax it to us at 317-284-0528.