Anaesthesia & Surgery


Anaesthesia and your pet


In vet hospitals we know you will have concerns if your pet has to have an anaesthetic.

We want to provide the best possible care for your pet so to make the procedure as safe as possible we will advise pre anaesthetic blood tests, for the following reasons:

Check Blood Cells and Internal Organs are all healthy

Whilst the vet performs an ‘external’ physical exam, blood tests perform an ‘internal’ exam of red and white blood cells to help us identify any unknown disease or health risk before we administer an anaesthetic. For example, increases in white blood cells may mean infection or low red blood cell levels may indicate anaemia.

The tests results include levels of enzymes and electrolytes which show the state of internal organs; increases or decreases in these results may alert us to a disease state of an organ. For example, the liver and kidneys need to be functioning normally so the body can cope with the anaesthetic.

Peace of Mind by Minimising Anaesthetic Risk

If all test results are in normal ranges then we can proceed with an anaesthetic confidently. If changes are present, we may alter our plan, take further precautions or it may be even safer to delay anaesthesia whilst we investigate further.

Anaesthesia will always carry a degree of risk but we want to minimise that risk for peace of mind – for you, your pet and for us.

Baseline Medical History for the Future

Test results will be filed so we have a baseline medical history for future reference. This way we can measure the future health status of your pet easily, follow your pet over its lifespan and be alerted to subtle changes.

In the early stages of some diseases, pets may not show external clinical signs so physical examinations don’t always find a disease state. Remember pets can’t tell us if or where they hurt!

Different tests for different pets, time taken and costs

Tests will differ depending on the age and health of your pet; urine tests separate.

Thankyou for choosing pre-anaesthetic testing for your pet.

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Joan Deetman 2013