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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-01-2007, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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Scout is scheduled to be neutered on Monday. Do most vets do pre-surgery blood tests or anything else? Our vet doesn't, and I was wondering if that is a cause for concern.
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My vet does the testing the day they are neutered. Pups go in at 8am and dont get surgery till 1pmish, so they run the bloodwork in the am. Then pick up at 4:30. They might be doing it, but you dont even realize it - but you will when you get the bill

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My vet offered an option for the blood testing at an additional charge which I took them up on.


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When I had Kodi neutered and Shelby spayed, my vet gives an estimate and the pre-op blood work is optional. I opted for the blood work.


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My vet's office said they only do pre-op blood work on older dogs and that a puppy is unlikely to have liver or kidney problems that would interfere with the anesthesia working properly. Are they wrong? Should I ask them to do the blood work (if so, what exactly should I be asking them to do)?
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My vet does the bloodwork as an "option", but its highly recommended. When I got the quote, it for the spay with and without the bloodwork. The difference is about $85. I think if this is something you would like to do, call your vet and ask them. If they don't offer it, and this makes you uncomfortable, I would see a different vet for the procedure.

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Great thread. I better call my vet and see. Houston goes to be neutered in the first week of July. I would rather pay the money and have the bloodwork done.
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Our vet requires the blood screening which i am thankful for. They also told me that pain meds are required because many people actually would choose NOT give their pets pain meds just to save a buck.

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I work as a vet tech, and we always offer pre anesthesia blood work. It'a a great thing to do for your dog. Anesthesia is processed out of the body through the liver and kidneys. It's peace of mind that all organs are working properly. I would never have my dog go under anesthesia without it. Plus it's a good starting point. In the years to come you can compare it to any changes that might occur.
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Thanks for all the input!! I think I am going to cancel Monday's scheduled surgery. Our vet's office only requires bloodwork for dogs more than 6 years old. They would do pre-op bloodwork for our puppy if I request it, but they make it seem like I am being neurotic.

We spend our summers in Los Angeles because we used to live there, and I think I will have the surgery done out there. I called the vet we went to when we were in Los Angeles, and they require pre-op bloodwork for all dogs. Is there some minimum amount of bloodwork that is necessary? They don't do a full CBC/chem panel, but they test for infection and liver or kidney problems.
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