Things have changed since the “old days”. We are always trying to better ourselves, our protocols and most importantly, patient care. At certain ages for dogs and cats we are now requiring it to give them the best care possible
Most often this is the item when we are going through the presurgical consent form that people don’t want to do or question if it is necessary. In a way bloodwork really is always necessary. It’s the only way we can know for sure how your pet’s organs are functioning and if there are any concerns that would make us change our anesthesia or not want to do the procedure. It’s not an “upsale” kind of thing, but really a necessary test to keep your pet in the best possible health. For example, if your pet has kidney’s or a liver that are not functioning properly we can manage that with proper diet and medication if we catch it early enough.
PetMd.com has some really great points regarding why we recommend/require this. They wrote:
To read in depth the information that they put out regarding what blood work looks at, why it is important and what it tells us about your pet click Part 1 and also Part 2.
Just as your doctor would need the full picture of your health to make sure surgery and anesthesia are as safe as possible for you, we want to do the same thing for your pet.