What is Preanesthetic Blood Work?

Preanesthetic blood work is a routine blood test that is performed before your pet undergoes anesthesia. This test helps us to evaluate your pet’s overall health and identify any underlying medical conditions that may increase the risk of complications during the procedure.

Why is Preanesthetic Blood Work Important?

Anesthesia is a powerful tool that allows us to perform procedures that would be too painful or stressful for your pet to tolerate while awake. However, anesthesia also carries risks, especially for pets with pre-existing medical conditions. Preanesthetic blood work allows us to identify any issues that may increase the risk of complications during the procedure and take steps to minimize these risks.

What Does Preanesthetic Blood Work Test For?

Preanesthetic blood work typically includes a complete blood count (CBC) and a serum chemistry panel. The CBC measures the number and type of blood cells in your pet’s bloodstream, while the serum chemistry panel evaluates organ function and electrolyte balance. Depending on your pet’s age and medical history, additional tests may be recommended.

What Happens During Preanesthetic Blood Work?

Preanesthetic blood work is a simple and non-invasive procedure that typically takes only a few minutes to complete. We will collect a small sample of your pet’s blood and send it to our laboratory for analysis. Results are usually available within a few hours, allowing us to make any necessary adjustments to your pet’s anesthetic protocol before the procedure.

At VIP Animal Hospital, we understand that your pet is a beloved member of your family. That’s why we take every precaution to ensure that your pet is healthy enough for anesthesia and that the procedure is as safe and comfortable as possible. Contact us today to schedule your pet’s preanesthetic blood work and learn more about our commitment to high-quality veterinary care.

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