Prairie State Veterinary Clinic
100 Ravinia Place
Orland Park, IL 60462     708-349-3331

 

A Veterinary Family Practice Clinic Dedicated To Exceptional Primary Care.

Prairie State Veterinary Clinic

100 Ravinia Place
Orland Park, IL 60462

(708)349-3331

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Anesthesia for Surgery and Teeth Cleanings

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   29 August 2015. I could write a chapter on the pros and cons of preanesthetic testing prior to surgery or a teeth cleaning. For some years we have made a blood test mandatory for pets undergoing anesthesia. I have had a paradigm shift and thus our clinic will no longer make a blood test mandatory for anesthesia. We still highly recommend blood testing, especially for animals around 7 and 8 years old and older, but will no longer make a test mandatory. This decision will be made by the pet's owner. Two other preanesthetic tests that we have made available (at a low cost) to our clients over the years are an EKG and a chest radiograph. In our experience close to 100% of our clients chose a blood test, approximately 20% chose to have a pre-op EKG and about 3-5% elected to have a chest radiograph. Client cost for a CBC and preop chemistry test is approximately 67 dollars and the fee for an EKG or a chest radiograph are similarly priced. All of these tests can be done on the day the pet is brought in for the surgery. In human medicine the standard is currently a blood test and an EKG.