Veterinarian Service

Pet Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring in Southaven, MS

We provide anesthesia and patient monitoring services at the Desoto County Animal Clinic, including general anesthesia, local anesthesia, and patient monitoring.


Pet Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring

Patient Monitoring –

We monitor our patients closely to keep them as safe as possible during general anesthesia procedures. A veterinary technician will continually assess your pet’s heart and respiratory rate, blood pressure, and other vital signs to help prevent any anesthetic risk.

Please feel free to ask us about our patient monitoring protocol or any concerns you might have about your pet’s procedure. We will be happy to discuss these matters in more detail.

General Anesthesia –

For some procedures, your pet will need to be administered general anesthesia so that they will be unconscious and not feel pain. Many pet owners worry about their pets being administered general anesthesia. We can assure you that modern anesthesia is generally relatively safe; to reduce risk, we perform a physical examination and run blood work ahead of time to catch any underlying health issues. In addition, we follow a specific anesthetic protocol, including monitoring vital signs during the procedure, to ensure the safety of our patients.

We begin most general anesthetic procedures by administering a sedative to help the pet relax and decrease anxiety and pain. We issue an intravenous drug to provide complete anesthesia and place a breathing tube into the patient’s trachea (windpipe). To maintain the state of unconsciousness, we deliver a gas anesthetic in combination with oxygen through the breathing tube.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your pet receiving general anesthesia or the procedure for which your pet is scheduled.


Local Anesthesia –

If your pet has a minor surgical or diagnostic procedure, we sometimes use a local anesthetic to help control pain. Local drugs cause a loss of sensation in the procedure area. We sometimes use a sedative and/or anxiolytic (anti-anxiety medication) in combination with the local anesthetic to keep pets calm during a procedure.

Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about your pet receiving local anesthesia or the procedure for which your pet is scheduled.