Common Soft Tissue Surgeries in Pets

General veterinary hospitals perform a variety of surgeries on pets, ranging from elective procedures like spaying or neutering to critical surgeries that save the pet’s life. Soft tissue surgeries and some orthopedic surgeries are usually carried out in these hospitals. However, there are certain complex soft tissue surgeries that can only be done in specialized veterinary hospitals. You can find below a list of the five most frequent soft tissue surgeries that general veterinary hospitals offer.

#1: Spay and neuter surgeries

The most frequent surgeries conducted in general veterinary practices are spaying and neutering, which is performed on a daily basis. These operations involve the removal of reproductive organs, which significantly reduces or eliminates the possibility of various pet health and behavior problems.

#2: Foreign body removal surgery

Cats and dogs often eat things that can cause blockages in their digestive tracts, leading to the recovery of various items from their stomachs. The most common foreign objects removed from pets are:

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

Dogs are pickier about what they chew on, while cats are often intrigued by string-like objects. This can be dangerous because the string can wrap around their intestines and cause severe problems.

#3: Bladder stone removal surgery

Bladder stones are a common occurrence in pets due to factors such as urinary tract disease, inadequate hydration, improper diet, or genetics. If the stones are of a certain composition, then a specific prescription diet can dissolve them. However, for other types of stones, surgical removal and thorough bladder flushing may be required to avoid a urinary blockage.

#4: Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome repair surgery

As flat-faced breeds such as pugs, English bulldogs, and French bulldogs gain popularity, surgeries to correct brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) are becoming more prevalent. To help these pets breathe more easily, surgeries may involve opening up their nostrils, shortening their soft palate, or removing laryngeal saccules.

#5: Mass removal surgery

Pets can develop both benign and cancerous masses, which can cause problems like restricted movement, breathing, or eating. These masses can be found on the skin or inside the ears, mouth, or abdomen, and may grow rapidly or become ulcerated. Removal of these masses may be necessary.

If you have any questions about the upcoming soft tissue surgery for your pet, feel free to contact our team for answers.