5 Common Pet Soft Tissue Operations

Pets go through a variety of operations, from common elective treatments like spaying or neutering to crucial life-saving procedures. In general practice hospitals, soft tissue surgeries and a few orthopedic procedures are frequently carried out. However, some soft tissue operations are complicated procedures that can only be carried out in specialized veterinary hospitals. Here are the top five soft tissue operations done in regular veterinary clinics.


#1: Surgical spay and neuter procedures

The most frequent procedures carried out in conventional veterinary practices—often daily—are spays and neuters. These two procedures remove the reproductive organs in order to significantly reduce or completely eliminate the possibility of various behavioral and health problems in pets.


#2: Surgery for removing foreign objects

Because cats and dogs frequently consume objects that become blocked in their digestive tracts, many items have been recovered from animals. The following list includes some of the most typical foreign objects removed from animals:

  • Clothes, especially socks
  • Bones
  • Corn kernels
  • Toys made of rubber and plastic
  • Hair accessories
  • Thread

Dogs are more selective about what they put in their mouths, but cats are frequently captivated by anything that resemble string, creating a linear foreign body that can be particularly dangerous since the intestines become tangled and the string can saw through them.


#3: Major surgery

Pets can develop a variety of benign or malignant tumors. Lumps and bumps can spread quickly, develop into ulcers, or appear in a location where they limit motion, breathing, or feeding. Masses may be expelled from the skin or from inside the mouth, ears, or belly.


#4: Surgery to remove a bladder stone

Pets can get bladder stones very frequently, primarily as a result of heredity, poor food, dehydration, or urinary tract disease. In order to prevent a urinary blockage, some types of stones can be removed surgically and with the help of a prescription diet.


#5: Surgery to treat brachycephalic obstructive pulmonary syndrome

Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) repair procedures are on the rise as brachycephalic breeds like pugs, English bulldogs, and French bulldogs gain popularity. To facilitate better breathing, flat-faced animals may require surgery to widen their nostrils, shorten their soft palate, or remove laryngeal saccules.

Do you have concerns regarding the planned soft tissue operation for your pet? If so, get in touch with your vet.