The well-being of your pet is important when they’re undergoing anesthesia for any surgery or other procedure. Although the medications used during anesthesia are safe, it’s important to understand that all anesthetic procedures carry some degree of risk – even for healthy pets.
To reduce the risks of anesthesia, your veterinary team will evaluate your pet’s health before the procedure happens. This includes performing a complete physical examination and laboratory testing to create a total picture of your pet’s current health status. During the procedure, your veterinarian will use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and laboratory test results to devise the ideal anesthetic protocol for your pet.
Blood chemistry tests. This test provides useful information on the health and function of your pet's organ systems and fluid balance.
Complete blood count (CBC). This test provides information on red and white blood cell counts. A CBC can detect conditions like leukemia and anemia and assess stress levels, inflammation, infection, as well as blood clotting capabilities.
Coagulation tests. A blood test that evaluates the function of important clotting factors that are involved in your pet’s ability to stop bleeding. Genetics, medications, and some toxins can affect the function of these clotting factors.
Urinalysis (urine test). Urine testing may be used to evaluate urinary tract and systematic diseases. A urinalysis helps to assess how well the kidneys can concentrate urine, if there is a protein loss, and if there are any signs of infections or abnormalities in the urine.