5 Frequently Performed Soft Tissue Surgeries For Pets

Pets may need different surgeries to maintain their health, such as spaying, neutering, or emergency procedures. General veterinary hospitals usually perform soft tissue and some orthopedic surgeries. However, more complicated soft-tissue surgeries may require specialized veterinary hospitals. Below are five frequently done soft-tissue surgeries in general veterinary practices.

#1: Foreign body removal surgery

Cats and dogs frequently swallow things that can get stuck in their digestive system, so different types of foreign objects need to be removed. These objects are commonly found in their stomachs.

  • Corn cobs
  • Clothing, especially socks
  • Bones
  • Rubber and plastic toys
  • Hair bands
  • Thread

Dogs are typically more cautious about what they chew. In contrast, cats have a tendency to be attracted to string-like items, which can pose a risk of strangulation and a laceration to their intestines.

#2: Mass removal surgery

It is possible for pets to develop different types of growths, some of which may be cancerous or non-cancerous. These growths can quickly increase in size, become open sores, or develop in areas that hinder the pet’s ability to move, breathe, or eat. Depending on where the growth is located, surgery may be an option for removal, whether it’s on the skin or inside the ears, mouth, or abdomen.

#3: Spay and neuter surgeries

The common surgeries performed in regular veterinary practices are spaying and neutering. These surgeries are done routinely to remove reproductive organs and prevent health and behavior issues in pets.

#4: Bladder stone removal surgery

Bladder stones are frequently seen in pets and can result from urinary tract disease, lack of proper diet, insufficient hydration, or genetics. Certain types of stones can be dissolved by prescription diets, whereas other types require surgery to remove and flushing of the bladder to prevent urinary blockage.

#5: Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome repair surgery

As the demand for breeds like pugs, English bulldogs, and French bulldogs increases, there are more frequent surgeries beingycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS). These breeds often have breathing issues due to their flat faces and may need surgeries such as nostril opening, soft palate shortening, or laryngeal sac removal to improve their breathing.

Please feel free to contact our team if you have any questions regarding your pet’s upcoming soft tissue surgery.