Friendship Springs Veterinary Care serving Flowery Branch, Braselton, and Buford since 2006.
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Preoperative Lab Testing
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Why Do It?
The bottom line is this. Your pet can't tell you if he has any subtle problems or just doesn't quite feel right nor can he answer the exhaustive preoperative medical history questionnaire that humans are expected to answer before surgery. Veterinarians very frequently find laboratory abnormalities in pets that seem perfectly normal at home, that seem perfectly normal on their preoperative physical examination, and even in the very young who are not expected to have any problems. Nevertheless, these problems are often significant enough to warrant changing anesthetic medications, anesthetic doses, fluids, adding other medications, investigating further, delaying the procedure, or canceling the procedure altogether. Failure to identify these problems prior to anesthesia or surgery may result in disasters, sometimes fatally so. Just a few examples of problems that may be identified are anemia (low red blood cell count) which can result in oxygen deprivation, low blood sugar which can result in severe brain damage, and kidney abnormalities which might impair metabolism of anesthetic medications which can result in serious adverse effects from the anesthetic medications. Preanesthetic laboratory profiles can helps avoid some of these dangerous pitfalls.
Contrary to popular belief, age does not make anesthesia more dangerous, but the diseases that often come with age are a different story. In the absence of significant disease, older patients handle surgery as well as those that are much younger. For this reason since older pets are more likely to have problems as well as a wider array of problems, naturally we wish to be more careful in our evaluation of these patients. Therefore, the older a patient is, the more complete a profile we recommend. These are our recommendations. If you have questions about any of these tests, please let us know.
Heartworm testing in all dogs
Feline leukemia/feline immunodeficiency virus testing in all cats
Wellness Profile I (Recommended up to 3 yrs)
Wellness Profile II (Recommended 3 to 8 yrs)
Wellness Profile III (Recommended 8 to 11 yrs)
Wellness Profile IV (Required Over 11 yrs)
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