We offer & recommend pre-anaesthetic blood testing for all pets prior to anaesthesia and sedation. These tests improve anaesthetic safety by providing important information on your pet’s kidney & liver function, as well as its red blood cell levels and hydration status. Since anaesthetic agents are metabolised and excreted in the liver and kidneys, any problems represent a risk for general anaesthesia and sedation.
The results of these tests can sometimes change our anaesthetic or surgical plan for your pet. Our vets will discuss the results with you and if there are any abnormalities, they will explain the next recommended step. This may involve delaying the procedure, changing the anaesthetic protocol used, placing your pet on intravenous fluids for the procedure, or further investigation of any medical problems.
Pre-anaesthetic blood tests are optional for all pets admitted for anaesthesia, and in some instances may be highly recommended by the vet attending to your animal.
If you require further information on pre-anaesthetic blood testing please call us today, and one of our friendly staff will be able to help you.