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Your pet is scheduled for a procedure that requires anesthesia. Like you, our greatest concern is the well-being of your pet. Therefore, we would like to take this opportunity to discuss pre-anesthetic testing and explain why it is important to the health of your pet.
Before surgery, a veterinarian will perform a complete physical examination. Because there is always the possibility a physical exam alone will not identify all of your pet's health problems, we require a pre-anesthetic profile be performed prior to anesthesia in patients over 7 years of age. These tests are similar to and equally as important as those your own physician would run if you were to undergo anesthesia.
Although we use the latest and safest anesthetics available and perform a pre-anesthetic profile, it is important to understand that these precautions will not guarantee the absence of anesthetic complications. It may, however, greatly reduce the risk of complications as well as identify medical conditions that could require medical treatment in the future.
The pre-anesthetic blood tests in patients over 7 years of age (geriatric), includes a complete blood count and 20 organ function tests. The cost for these tests will be $163.45. The pre-anesthetic blood panel is required in patients 7 years old and over because these patients are considered geriatric and are at a greater risk for metabolic disease and overall organ changes.
I authorize the use of anesthesia on my pet. I understand that all anesthesia involves some minimal risk to my pet, and I understand that I assume all risks providing reasonable care and precautions are followed by the attending veterinarian and staff. If any problem develops with my pet in my absence, I request that it be treated as deemed best by the staff veterinarian until I can be reached.