|Barked: Tue Mar 30, '10 9:37pm PST |
|I agree with what is stated above. I'm a vet tech and recommend it to our clients every day. As stated efore if nothing else it gives a baseline as to what your pets normal values are.
We recommend it because it checks organ functions.. mainly liver and kidney ( anesthesia is eliminated through these organs out of the body) and if these arnt functioning properly a pet may have major complications from anesthesia. Checking kidney values also lets us know if theres kidney problems - if so we may have to give the pet fluids under anesthsia to maintain good blood pressure / hydration. Another good reason for bloodwork is that although your pet may be acting fine especially with kidney issues, there wont be any outward problems until the are 75% shut down.. and without bloodwork you would never know this.
Bloodwork also may show a sign of an underlying infection ( high white blood cells for instance) that may not be evident yet.. putting a sick animal under anesthesia unless it is an emerency is always a problem.
Low blood levels ( hematocrit / rbc etc) may also decrease the amount of oxygen a pet can get during anesthesia and we would want to know this is evident and correct the problem before surgery to avoid any serious complications.
I know its a bit expensive ( the tests actually DO cost a good amount of money for the clinic to run) but especially if its a one time procedure it is always worth getting checked out.. you never know what may be 'hiding' in the bloodwork. If nothing else its ap eace of mind.
Hope it helps!
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