A PA is a quick health screen run from a blood sample to help uncover hidden problems that may pose a risk to the health of your pet during anesthesia. It can be quickly performed in the hospital the same day as the procedure.
- Checks liver and kidney function
- Checks for Diabetes Mellitus
- Checks for anemia
What happens if abnormalities are found?
- A different anesthetic may be used
- Fluid therapy may be added during the procedure (SQ or IVF depending on the situation and procedure)
- Further diagnostics may be needed (i.e. blood work or urinalysis)
- The procedure may be postponed
Who should have a PA Screen?
PA screens are required in pets 7 years or older; however, they are recommended for all pets.
Note: In some patients the Dr. may recommend a full blood panel a few days prior to the procedure. This is done in lieu of the abbreviated screen the day of the anesthetic procedure.
Please contact the Fremont Veterinary Clinic at (503) 282-0991 if you have further questions about Pre-Anesthetic Screening.