Spaying and neutering are surgeries that require general anesthesia. While anesthesia always carries some risk, we use the safest possible anesthetic protocol to ensure the risk of a complication is very low. We will also examine your pet before surgery to evaluate for any disease or illnesses that may increase your pet's anesthetic risk. An intravenous catheter is placed to ensure timely administration of medication needed during surgery as well as fluids are given to maintain hydration and blood pressure. We also recommend pre-operative bloodwork as an additional precaution, to further identify potential risks associated with general anesthesia.