While we always do a thorough pre-surgical exam some abnormalities may not be detected with just an exam. Bloodwork more closely evaluates liver and kidney parameters, electrolytes, red blood cells and platelets. For example, if an animal has low platelets that could interfere with blood clotting, which is essential for a successful surgery.
Yes, once the animal is off gas anesthesia there is NO lasting pain control unless we supplement it with pain medications. The more painful the procedure the more pain medications are required.
Possible signs of pain may include the following: not eating well, limping, is painful when you touch the surgery site. Each animal will respond differently. It is best and most effective to treat the pain before it starts than to treat when already painful.
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