5 Common Soft Tissue Operations on Pets

Many pets need different kinds of surgeries, some of which are optional, like spaying or neutering, and some of which are necessary to save their lives. Most surgeries on soft tissue and some surgeries on bones and joints are done in general veterinary centers. But some soft-tissue surgeries are very complicated and can only be done at specialized animal hospitals. Here are five soft-tissue surgeries that are widely done in general veterinary practices.

#1: Surgery to remove a foreign body

Pets often eat things that can get stuck in their digestive systems, causing different “foreign bodies” to be found. Some of the most popular things taken from cats and dogs are:

Cobs of corn

Socks and other clothing


Toys made of rubber and plastic

Thread for hair clips

Dogs are more careful about what they chew on, but cats are often interested in string-like things that can hurt them badly if they get stuck in their innards and cut through them.

#2: Surgery to remove a mass

Pets can get different kinds of lumps, which can be harmless or deadly. These bumps and lumps can grow quickly, get infected, or show up in a place that makes it hard to move, breathe, or eat. Masses on the skin or inside the ears, mouth, or belly can be removed by surgery.

#3: Surgery to fix cats and dogs

Most of the time, spaying and neutering are the most common services that veterinarians do. The reproductive parts are taken out during these surgeries, which are done every day. The main goal of these treatments is to keep pets from getting sick or acting strange.

#4: Bladder stone removal surgery

Pets often get bladder stones, which can be caused by a disease in the urinary tract, a bad diet, not drinking enough water, or a genetic trait. Stones of a certain kind can be broken down by prescription diets, but other types of stones need to be surgically removed and the bladder thoroughly flushed to keep the urine tract from getting blocked.

#5: Surgery to fix the Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome

As the fame of breeds like pugs, English bulldogs, and French bulldogs grows, so does the need for surgery to fix brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS). Due to their flat faces, these breeds may need surgery like opening their nostrils, cutting their soft palates, or removing their laryngeal sacs to help them breathe better.

If you have any questions about the soft tissue surgery that your pet will soon have, feel free to call our team.