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Anesthesia & Pre-Surgery Care

As you know, your pet is scheduled fot an upcoming procedure that will require anesthesia. We are looking forward to providing your pet with the best care. To provide that care, we recommend pre-anesthetic testing prior to placing your pet under anesthesia.

At Worthington Woods Animal Care Center, we do not believe in taking risks with your pet's health. Similar to how your human Doctor would run tests on you before you underwent anesthesia, we will perform pre-anesthetic testing on your pets. The pre-anesthetic tests for humans and pets are quite similar. While these tests do not guarantee the absense of complications, they do minimize the possibility of complications both before and after anesthesia. Our goal is to provide you and your family with the peace of mind you deserve.

Prior to your pet's procedure, you will be asked to sign the surgical/anesthesia consent form. On this form, you will authorize or decline pre-anesthetia testing on your pet. Please read the attached information on the pre-anesthetic test packages. Additionally, please note that if your pet is seven years or older, you will be required to select from one of the pre-anesthetic test packages and we will not perform the scheduled procedure without your consent for testing. If you have any questions on the pre-anesthetic testing, please feel free to call our office to speak with a licensed technician.

On the night prior to your pet's procedure, please pick up all food before 11 PM. Your pet is allowed water. Unless alternative arrangements have been made, please drop off your pet between 7:30-8 AM on the day of the procedure.

Thank you for choosing Worthington Woods Animal Care Center!

With thanks,
Your Worthington Woods Animal Care Center Team



Pre-Anesthetic Testing Packages

We offer two pre-anesthetic blood diagnostic packages to choose from:
1. The mini-profile and CBC
2. The complete profile and CBC

The mini-profile is a panel that tests six items of blood chemistry and electrolytes:

  • ALT (SGPT): an enzyme that becomes elevated with liver disease or injury

  • ALKP (alkaline phosphatase): an enzyme produced by the cells lining the gall bladder and its associated ducts. Elevated levels can indicate liver disease, Cushing's syndrome, or other diseases.

  • BUN: produced by the liver and excreted by the kidneys. Abnormal levels can indicate dehydration and/or liver and kidney abnormalities.

  • CREA (creatinine): a byproduct of muscle metabolism that is excreted by the kidneys. Elevated levels can indicate kidney disease or an urinary tract obstruction.

  • Glucose: High levels can indicate diabetes or alternatively, can simply indicate stress. Low levels can be indicative of liver disease, infection, or certain tumors.

  • TP (total protein): The level of TP can detect a variety of conditions including dehydration and diseases of the liver, kidnerys, or gastrointestinal tract.


The complete profile is a panel that tests twelve items of blood chemistry and electrolyets. It included each of the items from the mini-profile plus the following:

  • Albumin: a protein produced by the liver. Reduced levels of this protein can point to chronic kidney or liver disease, intestinal disease, or internal parasites such as hookworms.

  • Total Bilirubin: Bilirubin is a breakdown of hemoglobin and is a component of bile. It is secreted by the liver into the intestinal tract and can be useful in diagnosing anemia and problems in the bile ducts and/or liver.

  • Amylase: An enzyme produced by the pancreas. The pancreas secretes amylase to aid in digestion. Elevated levels can indicate pancreatic or kidney disease.

  • Phosphorus: Elevated levels can indicate kidney disease.

  • Calcium: Increased levels can be observed with diseases of the parathyroid gland and kidneys. Elevated levels can also indicate certain types of tumors.

  • Cholesterol: Elevated levels are seen in a variety of disorders including genetic disease, liver and kidney disease, and hypothyroidism.


The CBC provides detailed information on red and white blood cell counts and platelets. These tests can indicate anemia, infection, leukemia, stress, the presence of inflammation, or an inability to fight infection. Platelets are also involved in blood clotting and if low, can indicate a potential bleeding problem.

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