Your dog is scheduled for general anesthesia/ or sedation today. We recommend a pre-anesthetic blood profile regardless of age to ensure your dog is healthy enough to undergo this procedure. We process all blood samples in-hospital and will have results in under 10 minutes. These tests resemble those that your own doctor would require before you underwent an anesthetic procedure. In addition, these test results will serve as reference values should your dog become ill in the future.
Description of tests:
Blood Parasite Screen
This test is REQUIRED for all dogs not current on heartworm prevention before undergoing anesthesia or sedation. (It includes heartworm, Lyme disease, Ehrlichia canis, & Anaplasmosis.)
Comprehensive Profile & Complete Blood Count
A comprehensive profile is recommended for all dogs that have not had blood work done in the last year. This profile is REQUIRED for all dogs that are 6 years of age or older or if they are ill . For older dogs it can be done up to two months prior to the procedure. (It includes electrolyte levels, liver and kidney function, blood glucose, white and red blood cell count, and more.)
Thyroid/ Cholesterol Panel
This test may be recommended for your dog dependant on other health concerns. We will notify you if the doctor recommends this test.