5 Common Pet Soft Tissue Operations
Pets go through a wide range of operations, from common elective treatments like spaying or neutering to crucial life-saving procedures. In general practice hospitals, soft tissue surgeries and some orthopedic procedures are frequently carried out. But some soft tissue operations are complicated procedures that can only be carried out in specialized veterinary facilities. Here are the top five soft tissue operations carried out in routine veterinary clinics.
#1: Spay and neuter surgeries
The most frequent surgeries carried out in conventional veterinary practices—often daily—are spays and neuters. In order to significantly reduce or completely prevent the possibility of numerous pet health and behavioural concerns, these two operations remove reproductive organs.
#2: Foreign body removal surgery
Many items have been recovered from pets’ gastrointestinal tracts because cats and dogs frequently eat items that become blocked. Some of the most common foreign bodies removed from pets include:
- Clothing, especially socks
- Corn cobs
- Rubber and plastic toys
- Hair bands
Dogs are more discriminating about items they put in their mouths, but cats are typically fascinated with string-like items that result in a linear foreign body that can be exceptionally hazardous because the intestines become bunched, and the string can saw through them.
#3: Mass removal surgery
Numerous benign or malignant tumors can occur in pets. A lump or bump may spread quickly, form an ulcer, or appear where it is difficult to move, breathe, or eat. Masses may be expelled from the skin or from the abdomen, mouth, or ears.
#4: Bladder stone removal surgery
Pets can get bladder stones relatively frequently, primarily as a result of heredity, poor food, dehydration, or urinary tract disease. For some types of stones, a prescription diet can dissolve them, but for others, surgery and extensive bladder flushing are required to avoid a urinary obstruction.
#5: Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome repair surgery
As brachycephalic breeds, like pugs, English bulldogs, and French bulldogs, become more popular, brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) repair surgeries are becoming more common. Flat-faced pets may need surgery to open their nostrils, shorten their soft palate, or remove laryngeal saccules to enable easier breathing.
Do you have questions about your pet’s upcoming soft tissue surgery? If so, contact our team for answers.