Our greatest concern is the well being of your pet. When your pet is anesthetized, we take every pre- caution. We have state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and use the safest drug protocols. Before putting your pet under anesthesia, we will perform a full physical examination. However, many conditions, including disor- ders of the kidneys, liver, or blood are not detectable with routine exams, and can only be detected if blood testing is performed. Such tests are especially important before any kind of surgery or procedure involving an- esthesia. This is not because anesthesia is unsafe, but because an underlying condition could be exacerbated during or after the stress of surgery or anesthesia. If a problem is detected, an adjustment in anesthetic protocol may be made, or the procedure may be delayed until the problem is addressed.
For these reasons we include pre-anesthetic blood screening before any procedures involving anesthe- sia or surgery are performed. The screening consists of a Chemistry Panel to check for disorders of the liver, kidneys, blood sugar, protein level and other disease processes and a Complete Blood Count (CBC) to check the levels of the red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. These important blood tests cost $79.
If declining pe-anesthetic bloodwork, I understand the risks of this choice and that the doctor may not be able to fully evaluate my pet’s health status and potential complications prior to anesthesia.
If your pet is undergoing surgery or a procedure that may involve discomfort after the procedure the doctors may decide to administer an anti-inflammatory or pain injection and send your pet home with pain relieving medications. Even though our pets cannot effectively tell us if they are in pain, they do experience post surgical discomfort in the same way as humans.
The cost of pain medications can range between $18-$42, depending on the size of your pet.