Pre-Anaesthetic Blood Testing

 At Bayfair & Papamoa Vets we pride ourselves on the level of care and safety we are able to provide for our patients, especially when general anaesthetics are necessary.  However, there is a risk with any general anaesthetic procedure, and one of the services we offer to help minimise this risk is pre-anaesthetic blood testing.

Although a thorough physical examination is conducted on every patient before they have any form of anaesthesia or sedation, internal organ problems may not be detectable through this procedure. With the purchase of a new blood analyser machine we can now carry out same day pre-anaesthetic blood tests. We recommend these for all sick, debilitated or older animals (over 7 years of age) which require an anaesthetic. We also perform the tests at the owner's request for younger animals undergoing anaesthesia.

The pre-anaesthetic blood test involves obtaining a small amount of the patient's blood.  For anaesthetics, we are particularly concerned with kidney and liver function in addition to diabetes.  Thus, not only can we determine with greater accuracy how your pet will cope with an anaesthetic procedure, but we also obtain information which can be used for the longer-term medical management of your animal.               

What if abnormalities are detected?

If abnormal test results are obtained, one of our Veterinary Surgeons will discuss these with you before you decide whether to continue with the planned procedure.  Depending on the nature of the abnormality, it may still be possible to perform the surgery with a different anaesthetic agent and/or by instituting supportive therapy (such as intravenous fluids) for the duration of the anaesthetic.

Where test results show potential long-term problems for your pet, we can advise you whether further diagnostic testing or medication may be required.