Our doctors use one of the safest anesthetic and surgical protocols available to minimize any risk to your pet. No anesthetic or surgical procedure, however, is completely without risk. Although modern veterinary anesthetics are generally considered safe, problems can still potentially occur. Complications from an anesthetic may range from mild nausea to prolonged recovery due to an organ problem (kidney or liver) to, very rarely, death. This is why our doctors include pre-surgical blood tests and, in some cases, additional screening tests prior to all anesthetic procedures. These tests are important in helping to identify patients with underlying problems for which anesthesia may pose a greater risk.