We use our modern in clinic lab station to perform pre-anesthetic blood testing on your pet. Routine blood testing typically includes a complete blood count (CBC) and a serum biochemistry profile; these tests provide a wealth of important information about a pet’s health status. Complete Blood Count - this simple test analyses the cellular components of blood. These include red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the tissues, white blood cells, which fight infection and respond to inflammation, and platelets, which help the blood to clot. The CBC provides details about the number, size, and shape of the various cells types, as well as any abnormalities that may be present. If there are deficiencies in the red cells, white cells or platelets, or if there are abnormal cells present, then anesthesia and surgery should be delayed, if possible, until the underlying problem has been addressed. In this example the CBC indicates an infection and our doctors would have to address this before surgery is considered. Serum Biochemistry Profile - this is a series of tests performed on serum, which is the liquid component of blood. These tests provide information about how well the various organs of the body are working. Each test provides details about a specific organ or metabolic disease. For example, there are tests to assess the function of the liver, kidney and pancreas, and tests to identify the presence of diabetes, etc. Major abnormalities, especially involving the liver or kidney, or evidence of serious metabolic disease would justify delaying anesthesia and surgery until the underlying problem was corrected. In this case this patient had indications of Liver disease which would need to be addressed.