What Are the Most Common Soft Tissue Surgeries in Pets?

General veterinary hospitals commonly perform a range of surgeries on pets, from simple procedures such as spaying or neutering to ones that save their lives. Although general practice hospitals can do most soft tissue surgeries and certain orthopedic surgeries, some complex soft tissue surgeries require specialized veterinary hospitals. Here are five of the soft tissue surgeries most frequently performed in general veterinary practices.

#1: Spay and neuter surgeries

The most frequently performed surgeries in general veterinary practices are spays and neuters, which are performed almost every day. These surgeries involve the removal of reproductive organs and can significantly reduce or prevent numerous pet health and behavior problems.

#2: Mass removal surgery

Pets often develop lumps and bumps that may be cancerous or non-cancerous. These growths can quickly increase in size, become ulcerated, or form in areas that hinder normal movement, breathing, or eating. Fortunately, masses located on the skin or inside the ears, mouth, or abdomen can be removed.

#3: Bladder stone removal surgery

Bladder stones are a common occurrence in pets and are mainly caused by urinary tract disease, improper diet, insufficient hydration, or genetics. Prescription diets can dissolve specific types of stones, but for others, surgical removal and bladder flushing are necessary to prevent urinary blockage.

#4: Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome repair surgery

As flat-faced breeds such as pugs, English bulldogs, and French bulldogs gain more popularity, surgeries for brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) are increasing. These pets may require surgery to widen their nostrils, reduce their soft palate or remove laryngeal saccules to help them breathe better.

#5: Foreign body removal surgery

Cats and dogs often eat things that can get stuck in their digestive system, leading to the need for item removal. Some of the things that are commonly taken out of pets include:

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

Dogs are usually more careful about what they chew, but cats are often intrigued by items with a string-like shape. However, this can be extremely dangerous because it can cause a linear foreign body, which can bunch up the intestines and cut through them like a saw.

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