5 Types of Soft Tissue Surgeries Commonly Performed on Pets
Pets may require various surgeries like spaying or neutering or emergency procedures to stay healthy. Soft tissue and some orthopedic surgeries are usually performed at general veterinary hospitals. But, specialized veterinary hospitals may be needed for complex soft-tissue surgeries. Here are five common soft-tissue surgeries done at general veterinary practices.
#1: Foreign body removal surgery
Foreign objects that cats and dogs swallow often get stuck in their digestive system, and must be removed. These objects are typically found in their stomachs:
- Corn cobs
- Clothing, especially socks
- Rubber and plastic toys
- Hair bands
Dogs tend to be careful with what they chew, while cats are drawn to string-like objects that can harm their intestines and cause strangulation or cuts.
#2: Mass removal surgery
Pets may develop various types of growths, some of which can be cancerous or non-cancerous, leading to rapid increase in size, open sores, or hindrance in movement, breathing, or eating. Surgeons may remove such growths located on the skin or inside the ears, mouth, or abdomen.
#3: Spay and neuter surgeries
Regular veterinary practices commonly perform spaying and neutering surgeries, which involve removing the reproductive organs of pets. These surgeries are routinely done to prevent health and behavior issues.
#4: Bladder stone removal surgery
Bladder stones are a common issue in pets that can be caused by urinary tract disease, genetics, insufficient hydration, or an improper diet. Prescription diets can dissolve certain types of stones, while others require surgery and bladder flushing to prevent urinary blockage.
#5: Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome repair surgery
Breeds such as pugs, English bulldogs, and French bulldogs are more likely to suffer from breathing issues due to their flat faces. This leads to an increase in surgeries for brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS), such as nostril opening, soft palate shortening, or laryngeal sac removal, to help them breathe better.