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Pre-neuter labs

Thinking of scheduling Trooper's neuter (for late June when he's 6 months...with my work schedule I want to pick what day works for me).

I'm thinking of opting out of the Pre-neuter labs. Anyone else do this? Anyone strongly feel like they SHOULDbe done? Weighing the options here.

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I feel they should be done. From my understanding the labs will let them know if there will be a problem with the anesthetic (and thus avoid them) plus it gives them a good comparison baseline if there are health problems later on in life. I personally thought it was worth the extra cost to do this.

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I was advised to do it. They said it didn't happen that often, but every once in a while, they found something in the blood work that made neutering contraindicated at that time. Also, they said it was good to have baseline blood work on file, just for comparison's sake in case something went wrong later in the dog's life. It's not that expensive, not very invasive, and seemed like cheap insurance. It was less painful for him than most of his shots!


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hmmmm, maybe my vet just charges more than average. maybe I should call around and compare.

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Check with Mercy to see what they charge, I think it's around $40-ish to do the labwork and about $80 for the neuter.... and bottom line it's up to you if you would like it done. I have had it done prior on some dogs, and skipped it on others. If it would put you more at ease then do it!

*and Bruce said Storm Trooper is a cool name!


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LOL!

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Always a good idea with any surgery/anesthesia. I asked this question to Sabine, once, and here's her reply. "It gives you an idea whether the dog is in good health to be anesthetized, and what protocol should be used. A good vet doesn't do a "one size fits all" kind of thing but takes each dog's condition into consideration.

Not just prior to a dental, but anesthesia for any reason really - spay/neuter, and other surgeries as well.

There are certain situations where you would not want to anesthetize before a health issue is cleared up, e.g. elevated liver values". Sabine

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it would be wise to do bloodwork. In case dog has any kind of liver problems, especially liver shunt (sometimes smptoms become visible later in life), anesthesia could be letal bacause liver is processing like 95 percent of stuff used for anesthesia. In case when live is not capable of filtering those chemicals, body cannot cope with toxins.

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