Pre-surgery Labs

Pre-Surgery Blood Work

When your pet needs anesthesia for any kind of surgery or dental work, Olde Towne Fenton Veterinary will order pre-surgical blood work. Many owners question the necessity of this, and it is understandable.
But the truth is, it is the fastest and simplest way to check for any health conditions that might affect the outcome. It allows us to make sure all is well. Occasionally, there are hidden infections that need attention before we can safely perform surgery. And sometimes we need to make adjustments if the pet’s blood chemistry is off in some way.
While we may occasionally recommend additional tests based on the animal’s history, most of the time we run two simple tests—A CBC (Complete Blood Count) and a Blood Chemistry Panel.


The CBC checks the number of white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. A low blood count of some cells can indicate a hidden condition such as anemia. And a high count of others can indicate an infection is present. Both of these may need special attention and further testing before we can safely perform surgery.

Blood Chemistry Panel

The Blood Chemistry Panel looks at enzymes, blood proteins, and other chemicals. If any of these are out of balance—low or high—it can indicate that specific organs (such as kidneys or liver) aren’t working correctly. These are both problems we would want to address before performing any surgery on your pet.
All of us at Olde Towne Fenton Veterinary care deeply about your pet’s well-being. And we want to make sure that any procedures we perform will contribute to their health, so you and your pet can enjoy a long, happy life together!