the last time I took Logan, our 4 month old pup to the vet (for his last set of vaccines), they took pre-op bloodwork for his upcoming neutering (in the next month or so). Do you know what they are testing for? I am interested to see what I am looking at when I get the results back on Monday!
~Michele (Logan's Mom)
They look at a lot of things in the blood to make sure they are suitable for anesthesia. Red counts, white counts, platelet stuff - etc.
99% of the time there is nothing they report back on.
Oh okay - nothing interesting that they're looking for, hehe.
The different tests show different things, like how fast the blood clots, kidney function, anemia, high or low blood sugar. These tests are important when giving anesthesia.
They found a UTI with Shelby's blood & urine workup last week. Good thing too-plenty of time to get her on the anitbiotic. Other than that there were pretty uneventful findings
Even if all checks out, I think it's a valuable tool just because it establishes a baseline for your dog in case something goes wrong at a later date.
As far as I know it's normal to have it done for all surgeries - I paid for it when Rocky had his entropian eyes corrected.
As nick said - it can be very useful as a baseline.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
The vets will almost always demand it before any anesthesia. My vet, and the bets at the University will not operate without it. Has to do with the anesthesia, and to make sure the blood clots properly. Lots of other indicators there also.
Hershey Kisses, In charge of getting Ed out to the dog park so that he gets some exercise.