Prior to any procedure involving sedation or anesthesia we require current (less than 30 days) bloodwork consisting of a CBC and serum chemistry panel for patients under 6 years of age. For patients 6 and older (or patients of any age with unusual health circumstances), we require a General Health Panel. While the anesthetic drugs and protocols we institute are extremely safe, this valuable information can alert us to any hidden problems and aid us in determining the appropriate protocol for your pet.
A Complete Blood Count (CBC) will give us detailed information about your pet’s red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Translated, these numbers are indicators of your pets level of hydration, anemia, clotting ability, and immune status.
The serum chemistry panel gives us information about your pet’s organ functions. These six tests include:
Alkaline Phosphatase (ALKP) - an enzyme present in multiple tissues, including liver and bone. Elevated levels can indicate liver disease, Cushing’s syndrome, steroid therapy or may be associated with normal growth in young animals.
Total Protein (TP) – The level of TP can indicate a variety of conditions, including dehydration, inflammation and disease of the liver, kidney or intestine.
Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) - levels can indicate kidney disease or dehydration or liver disease.
Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) - indicator of liver damage.
Creatine (CREA) – can indicate kidney disease, urinary tract obstruction or dehydration.
Blood Glucose (GLU) - may indicate hormonal disease, stress, liver disease or certain tumors.
Where indicated, we may add the following tests to create a more generalized health profile:
Albumin (ALB) - levels of this protein can point to chronic liver, kidney, inflammatory or intestinal disease.
Cholesterol (CHOL) - elevated levels are seen in a variety of disorders including hypothyroidism, liver or kidney disease.
Total Bilirubin (TBIL) - may indicate liver or hemolytic disease.
Amylase (AMYL) - blood levels may indicate pancreatic and/or liver disease.
Phosphorus (PHOS) – indicator of chronic kidney disease.
Calcium (Ca+) – may indicate kidney or parathyroid disease, certain types of tumors or toxicity.
As a part of providing the best in specialty health care for your family pet, we want to take all precautions to rule out likelihood of an illness that could be compounded by anesthesia, medication, or surgery. In the event that Dr. Dew feels there could be complications from any aspect of surgery or treatment, we will send samples to a lab for more thorough results. If you or your general practice veterinarian have any questions about the labwork required for your pet to be prepared for surgery, please don’t hesitate to call our office.