Soft Tissue Surgeries in Animals

Pets are subjected to a wide range of surgery, from common elective treatments like spaying or neutering to life-saving operations. In general practice hospitals, soft tissue surgery and some orthopedic procedures are frequent. Certain soft tissue surgeries, on the other hand, are difficult procedures that can only be performed in speciality veterinary institutions. The following are the top five soft tissue procedures performed in conventional veterinary practices.

#1: Spay and neuter procedures

Spays and neuters are the most common surgeries performed in conventional veterinary practices, and they are frequently performed on a daily basis. These two operations remove reproductive organs, reducing or eliminating the possibility of numerous pet health and behavioural disorders.

#2: Surgery to remove a foreign body

Because cats and dogs commonly ingest items that become clogged in their gastrointestinal tracts, many items have been recovered. The following are some of the most common foreign bodies removed from pets:

Clothing, particularly socks


Cobs of corn

Toys made of rubber and plastic

Hair ties


Dogs are more picky about what they put in their jaws, while cats are usually fascinated with string-like materials, which result in a linear foreign body that can be extremely dangerous since the intestines become bunched and the thread can saw through them.

#3: Surgery for mass removal

Pets can develop a variety of benign or malignant tumors. Lumps and bumps can spread quickly, become ulcerated, or form in a location that restricts movement, breathing, or feeding. Masses can be extracted from the skin, as well as from the ears, mouth, and abdomen.

#4: Surgery to remove a bladder stone

Bladder stones in pets are relatively prevalent, owing to urinary tract disorders, poor diet, dehydration, or heredity. Certain types of stones can be eliminated with a prescription diet, but others require surgical removal and extensive bladder flushing to avoid a urinary blockage.

#5: Repair surgery for brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome

Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) repair procedures are becoming increasingly common as brachycephalic breeds such as pugs, English bulldogs, and French bulldogs become more popular. To enable easy breathing, flat-faced pets may require surgery to open their nostrils, shorten their soft palate, or remove laryngeal saccules.

Do you have any concerns regarding your pet’s impending soft tissue surgery? If this is the case, please contact our staff for assistance.