Common Soft Tissue Operations for Pets
Pets often need surgeries, ranging from routine elective procedures like spaying or neutering to necessary operations that can save their lives. While general veterinary hospitals perform soft-tissue and some orthopedic surgeries, specialized veterinary hospitals are necessary for more complex soft-tissue surgeries. The following are five common soft-tissue surgeries that general veterinary practices typically perform.
Cats and dogs frequently swallow things that can block their digestive system, resulting in the removal of different foreign objects. Commonly retrieved items from pets include:
- Corn cobs
- Clothing, especially socks
- Rubber and plastic toys
- Hair bands
While dogs tend to be more selective about what they chew, cats can be attracted to string-like items that can cause severe internal injuries by becoming tangled in their intestines and cutting through them.
#2: Mass removal surgery
Pets can develop lumps and bumps that may be harmless or cancerous. These masses can grow quickly, become open wounds, or form in a place that limits movement, breathing or eating. To remove them, surgical procedures can be performed on the skin, ears, mouth, or abdomen.
#3: Spay and neuter surgeries
Spaying and neutering are the most commonly performed surgeries at regular veterinary practices. They are done daily and involve removing reproductive organs. The primary reason for these surgeries is to prevent health and behavioral issues in pets.
#4: Bladder stone removal surgery
Pets often develop bladder stones due to urinary tract disease, insufficient hydration, an unsuitable diet, or genetic predisposition. In some cases, prescription diets can dissolve certain types of stones. However, surgical removal and extensive bladder flushing are required to prevent urinary blockage in other types of stones.
#5: Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome repair surgery
As the popularity of flat-faced breeds like pugs, English bulldogs, and French bulldogs is increasing, surgeries to treat their breathing problems known as brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) are also becoming more common. These surgeries include procedures like nostril opening, shortening the soft palate, or removing the laryngeal sac to help them breathe better.