We perform many types of soft tissue surgeries at our clinic. Soft tissue surgeries are those that are not associated with bone. These surgeries can provide many benefits to pets.
Probably the most common soft tissue surgery performed on pets is the removal of masses, or lumps. Most of these masses, once removed and tested, are found to be benign (nonharmful); however, occasionally they are more serious. Early removal and accurate diagnosis of a lump is necessary to improve the outcome in your pet if the mass is cancerous.
Lacerations are also common in pets and suturing will reduce the chance of infection, improve healing time and reduce scarring.
The most common soft tissue surgery for cats is abscess drainage. Abscesses are common following a fight with another cat when one of the wounds becomes infected.
Both dogs and cats are well know for eating things which may not faintly resemble food, but which can become stuck in the intestinal tract. Surgery of the intestinal tract looking for a “foreign body” is known as an exporatory laparotomy. The list of things we have removed from intestinal tracts surgically include, but are not limited to: panty hose, turkey skewers, ear plugs and peach pits!
The anaesthetic procedure for soft tissue surgery is the same as described for spay and neuter surgeries.
Please contact us if you’d like to discuss how soft tissue surgery might be able to help your pet.