This could have ended in disaster today! 10 minutes ago we received the results for Rocky, a 1 year old puppy who was admitted to be neutered today. He is clinically healthy, but his liver value (to be precise his ALT) is elevated 2.5 times! This makes us very uncomfortable do go ahead with a surgery and, until further investigation is done, he is at high risk. Elective Surgeries like a neuter can and should wait until it is safe to do so.
Is it really necessary to do blood screening prior to anesthesia?
We are currently investigating Rocky’s liver with more tests and hope that nothing too serious is wrong with him. Rocky’s example just proves again that preventive screening does make a lot of sense and is a good investment for all pets. Rocky will be spending his Holiday happily with his family instead of much worse…
For more general information check out this link: http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/surgery-preanesthetic-testing
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