Surgery and anaesthesia are very safe in the majority of cases. Because every pet is different, each patient will receive a blood test to assess kidney function and red blood cell concentration prior to administering an anaesthetic. This blood test is only a “snapshot”. In some cases, the duty veterinarian will express the need for a more thorough blood test if the patient is senior (over seven years old) or has pre-existing conditions.A more detailed blood test will help us select the best anaesthetic with minimal risk levels. Where necessary, supportive therapy will be initiated to aid your pet’s recovery. A blood test also provides baseline health information for your pet which will become a part of their medical record for future reference.
This pre-anaesthetic test is extremely beneficial regardless of age, but vital for senior pets over seven years old. The duty veterinarian or inpatient nurse will advise on this matter prior to surgical commencement.Please ask your inpatient nurse about the cost involved. This test is not compulsory, but highly valuable. The inpatient nurse will record your preference on the consent form at the time of admission.