We require pre-anesthetic blood work and ECG for all pets. This permits us to rule out any pre-existing internal problem that may not be physically evident, but could lead to serious complications under anesthesia.
There are two main components to routine blood work: the Complete Blood Count (or CBC) and the chemistry. The CBC provides detailed information about the various blood cells and platelets. Low counts of certain blood cells can indicate hidden conditions such as anemia, bleeding, bone marrow, or immune system disorders. High counts of certain blood cells can indicate conditions such as dehydration, inflammation or infection.
The chemistry consists of a panel of various proteins, enzymes and other chemicals in the bloodstream, these levels can indicate healthy or unhealthy conditions of the organs.