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Common Soft Tissue Operations in Animals

There are numerous surgeries performed on pets, ranging from elective procedures such as spaying and neutering to life-saving procedures. Commonly executed in general practice hospitals are surgeries on soft tissue as well as some orthopedic procedures. However, certain soft tissue interventions are complex procedures that can only be performed in veterinary hospitals that specialize in this field. Here are the five most frequently conducted soft tissue surgeries in general veterinary practices.

#1: Spay and neuter procedures

Spaying and neutering are the most prevalent surgeries performed in general veterinary practices, and are frequently performed daily. These two procedures remove reproductive organs to significantly reduce or eliminate the likelihood of numerous health and behavior problems in pets.

#2: Surgical excision of foreign body

Numerous objects have been recovered from the gastrointestinal tracts of cats and canines because they frequently consume objects that become blocked. The following are among the most common foreign bodies removed from pets:

Clothing, in particular hosiery


Corn ears

Plastic and rubber games

Hair rings


Dogs are more selective about what they place in their mouths, whereas cats are typically attracted to string-like objects, which can be extremely dangerous because the intestines can become coiled and the string can saw through them.

#3: Mass excision surgery

There are a variety of benign and malignant masses that can develop in animals. It is possible for lumps and bumps to grow abruptly, become ulcerated, or form in a location where they impede movement, breathing, or eating. Masses can be removed from the epidermis, the ear canal, the mouth, and the abdomen.

#4: Bladder stone removal surgery

Urinary tract disease, improper nutrition, inadequate hydration, and genetics are the most common causes of bladder stones in animals. Certain stones can be dissolved with a prescription diet, while others require surgical removal and comprehensive bladder flushing to prevent urinary obstruction.

#5: Surgical repair of Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome

As brachycephalic breeds such as pugs, English bulldogs, and French bulldogs gain in popularity, brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) repair surgeries are increasing in frequency. To facilitate respiration, pets with flat faces may require surgery to open their nostrils, shorten their soft palate, or remove laryngeal saccules.

Do you have concerns about your pet’s upcoming soft tissue surgery? Contact our team for answers if so.