"We are aware that cost is always a factor in deciding what we can or cannot do. Both intra-operative fluids and pre anaesthetic bloods are a good way of ensuring the safest possible anaesthetic. They will be discussed as options on admission, but are strongly recommended especially for the elderly or seriously ill animal."

Pre anaesthetic blood sampling and surgical fluids

Pre GA Bloods

We know that dropping your loved pet off at the local vets for either essential or routine surgery is never easy. We see it every day. Clients are often very worried about the safety of anaesthetics, based upon stories they have heard from friends.
Today anaesthesia in small animals is very safe, pre-anaesthetic blood testing can increase this safety level even further. As in everyday life if we do not know a risk is present then it is hard to avoid it!
In a recent study pre anaesthetic blood testing revealed significant abnormalities in 13% of animals presented for surgery.

Checking liver and Kidney function
These organs are essential for metabolizing anaesthetic agents: if they are in good shape we can be a lot more confident with the anaesthetic.
If problems are found, we can more closely match an anaesthetic to the animal's needs, thus reducing the risks dramatically.
If things are a lot worse than expected surgery may even be delayed or avoided altogether if we deem the risk to benefit ratio is too high on that day.
Early problems often have no clinical signs. Picking up disease early allows us to offer early and therefore more effective treatment, often extending life expectancy quite considerably.

Checking red and white blood cell counts
An animal may be anaemic without you being aware of it. Thus they will have extra oxygen requirements during surgery, and our nurse can focus on specific areas to monitor more closely during the anaesthetic.
Anaemia starts subtly, and can be easily missed without blood testing. It can be life threatening.
White cell counts tell us if such things as infections and leukaemia are present. This can be very important information.

Checking other aspects..
Pre anaesthetic blood screening also looks for evidence of diabetes, infections, hints of the presence of other hormonal disease (e.g. thyroid and adrenal disease) and represents a good overall internal check. They examine the animal internally in a way a physical examination just cannot achieve by itself.

iv Fluids

The safest possible way to anaesthetise a patient is while they are on supportive iv fluids. Not only does this guarentee iv access for emergency medication if things become problematic but it also maintains blood pressure during the procedure. Under-perfusion of major organs (eg the brain and kidneys) can lead to serious post anaesthetic complications. iv access also allows for rapid correction of BP if it fall suddenly during an anaesthetic.

We can never remove all the risks your pet faces in life, but we can certainly help reduce them. Pre anaesthetic blood screening is something that is in your interest, our interest and certainly in your pet's interest.

The cost?
For current pre anaesthetic blood testing and anaesthetic fluids costs please ask our reception on 02-99491288
or e-mail Reception.