Common Soft Tissue Surgeries in Pets

General veterinary hospitals commonly perform a variety of surgeries on pets, ranging from routine procedures like spaying and neutering to surgeries that save lives. While many soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries can be performed in general practices, some complex soft tissue surgeries require specialty veterinary hospitals. To give you an idea, we have listed here the five most common soft tissue surgeries that general veterinary practices perform. 

#1: Spay and neuter surgeries

In general veterinary practices, spaying and neutering are the most frequently performed surgeries, often on a daily basis. These surgeries involve removing reproductive organs to significantly reduce or eliminate the risk of various pet health and behavior problems. 

#2: Foreign body removal surgery

Pets often eat items that can cause blockages in their gastrointestinal tracts, resulting in the recovery of many foreign objects. Some of the most commonly removed foreign bodies from pets are:

  • Clothing, especially socks
  • Bones
  • Rubber and plastic toys
  • Hair bands
  • Thread
  • Corn cobs

Dogs are usually more careful about what they chew on, but cats tend to be interested in string-like objects that can become dangerous if swallowed. The string can bunch up and cut through their intestines, leading to serious harm. 

#3: Bladder stone removal surgery

Bladder stones are a common problem in pets, mainly caused by urinary tract disease, poor diet, lack of water, or genetics. Prescription diets can dissolve some types of stones, but others require surgery and complete flushing of the bladder to avoid a urinary blockage. 

#4: Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome repair surgery

Brachycephalic breeds such as pugs, English bulldogs, and French bulldogs are gaining popularity. As a result, surgeries to correct brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) are also becoming more common. These surgeries may include nostril widening, soft palate shortening, or removal of laryngeal saccules to improve breathing for flat-faced pets.

#5: Mass removal surgery

Pets may develop lumps or bumps that can be harmless or cancerous. These growths may grow quickly, become open sores, or develop in a location that restricts movement, breathing, or eating. Masses can be surgically removed from the skin or from areas such as inside the ears, mouth, or abdomen. 


If you have any questions about your pet’s soft tissue surgery that will take place soon, please contact our team for clarification.