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Posted on 04-13-2012
The decision to put your pet under anesthesia always carries a risk, but we at Eagle Animal Hospital take all necessary precautions to ensure your pet's safety. Performing pre-anesthetic bloodwork helps us determine if your pet has any internal organ abnormalities that could lead to problems processing the anesthesia or any blood clotting issues. A pre-anesthetic profile includes a Chemistry Screen, CBC (complete blood count), PT, and PTT.
A CBC analyzes the number and type of blood cells in your pets body. The different types of cells are red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Abnormalities with this test can detect medical conditions such as anemia, leukemia, inflammation, infection and bleeding disorders.
The Chemistry Screen includes the following tests -
Knowing the above information before putting your pet under anesthesia is a very important step to keeping your pet as safe as possible. Please, contact us at our Chester Springs Animal Hospital with any additional questions you may have.
Written by Amy Poole, veterinary technician
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