Laytonsville Veterinary Practice
Laytonsville Veterinary Practice

Pre-anesthetic Options


Our priority is to offer necessary, life-saving and life-improving surgery at prices that are affordable and accessible for all of our clients.

To ensure that this is possible, we have made some of the items associated with surgery (such as blood work, IV catheter, and use of laser) optional, so that valuable procedures are less likely to be cost-prohibitive. All procedures involving general anesthesia do involve an inherent risk, and in an ideal situation, all of these optional items would be selected for each and every one of our patients. However, we understand that this isn’t financially reasonable for everyone, and we are proud to offer surgery that is broadly accessible to all of our patients.

Our doctors and staff are happy to provide an estimate for any procedure your pet may need. Contact us for more information.


Pre-anesthetic blood work

Blood testing can alert us to any underlying health issues that may have gone unnoticed. Although it is infrequent that we find major health concerns on the day of a scheduled procedure, some of these issues - such as kidney and liver disease, anemia or a blood clotting problem - may drastically increase the inherent risk of surgery.

What are we testing for?

Pre-anesthetic blood work is a two-part test, which includes a CBC and a blood chemistry.

  • Complete Blood Count, or CBC, is used to assess for diseases such as anemia, clotting disorders, infection, and cancer markers

  • Blood Chemistry is used for monitoring kidney and liver enzymes, blood glucose, and electrolyte levels


Intravenous (IV) catheter

IV catheter placement allows us to give intravenous fluids and medications directly into the vein before, during, and after the procedure. This not only keeps patients hydrated, but also allows us to maintain their intra-operative blood pressure, which tends to decrease during general anesthesia.


Laser surgery

Laser surgery, compared to conventional surgery, causes less bleeding and pain associated with the procedure. Additionally, use of laser scalpel may be necessary when maximum precision is required in making surgical margins. Learn more about Laser Surgery…