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Hi. My name is ***** ***** I am the veterinarian. Your veterinarian must have a suspicion that there are masses inside the body and that is why she has suggested the exploratory. She should and most likely has:
1. Done blood work to make sure that the liver and kidneys function properly and that there are sufficient red blood cells
2. Listened to the heart to make sure that there are no murmurs
As with humans, anesthetic risk goes up with age but many procedures are done on older dogs, including the exploratory.
I am uncertain of how many x-rays she took. Obviously one of the leg, and possibly some of the abdomen that may be giving her some cause for concern, and hence the exploratory suggestion. She will have listened to the heart and if you decide to do the exploratory then I am sure she will do the blood work prior to going under anesthesia.