Pre-anesthetic blood screening

Refers to blood work that would be checked prior to placing an animal under anesthesia for a procedure such as a dental cleaning or surgery. In young, apparently healthy animals, this involves a small screening of the kidneys and liver, checking a blood glucose level, and checking for signs of anemia (low red blood cells) by measuring pack cell volume (PCV). In older patients, or if there is any concern about underlying disease, additional tests may be run to check for signs of underlying disease that could make the pet at higher risk for anesthetic complications.