With the knowledge and equipment we have today, the risks associated with an anesthetic have lessened over time. Asking for pre-surgical blood work is one step you can take to help minimize the risk for your pet. With pre-surgical blood work a small blood sample will be drawn from your pet and tested. We are looking for abnormalities with the major organs such as kidney and liver, which are 2 organs that are directly related to how your pet copes with an anesthetic. Although your pet may seem completely healthy on the exterior, blood testing can identify hidden health concerns that may be very easily managed when diagnosed early. Pre-surgical blood testing is a necessary step for our senior patients before undergoing a procedure. As pets age, the risks associated with anesthetic become more of a concern and every precautionary step is recommended.