Surgical Soft Tissue Repair For Dogs & Cats
Much like humans, cats and dogs can suffer from a number of different painful conditions that may require surgery as treatment.
Soft tissue surgery is any surgery non-joint or bone related, and can include eye, ear, nose and throat, cardio-thoracic, hepatic, gastrointestinal, urogenital, skin reconstructive and oncological surgeries. The most common soft tissue surgeries for animals include the removal of masses or lumps.
The process of soft tissue surgery will vary depending on the specific procedure, but generally, surgery begins with a physical examination and diagnostic tests like bloodwork, X-rays, or ultrasounds. These assessments help ensure your dog or cat is healthy enough to undergo surgery.
Our veterinarians place the utmost emphasis on pain management to ensure your dog or cat feels comfortable throughout the treatment process. After a surgical procedure, Our veterinarians will discuss post-operative care with you so you can better understand what care will be needed.
What to Expect From Soft Tissue Surgery at Country Meadows Pet Hospital
If you are wondering what types of soft tissue surgical procedures we offer, or if you have other questions regarding your cat or dog's surgery, we have the answers that you're looking for.
Types Of Soft Tissue Surgeries
Here's a list of the soft tissue surgeries that we offer:
There are a number of different conditions that can cause your dog or cat to need surgery on their thoracic cavity (chest). These can include cancer, trauma or disease.
Oftentimes, these types of surgical procedures are planned, elective surgeries, however, emergency surgeries are not uncommon. If your cat or dog sustains an unexpected trauma to the chest, urgent care may be required.
The signs that your companion may have a cardiothoracic issue include, a fast breathing rate (even when at rest), lethargy or not eating. If you notice any of these signs, contact our veterinarians right away.
Gastrointestinal surgery is an umbrella term for any type of surgery that involves the stomach or intestines, sometimes including other surgeries on abdominal structures such as the spleen, liver or pancreas.
These procedures are commonly performed to remove foreign bodies, take out cancerous masses, and correct or prevent a condition called gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV), in which the stomach twists and rapidly expands with gas.
A liver resection, also known as a hepatectomy, is a surgical procedure that removes a portion of your pet's liver. Surgeons most commonly perform partial liver resections to remove cancerous, precancerous or benign (noncancerous) tumour.
The liver can regenerate, so as long as the rest of the liver is healthy, your dog or cat can have up to two-thirds of your liver removed without significant consequences.
Cancer is the leading cause of mortality in dogs and cats, and because of this, the surgical removal of tumour has become one of the most common surgical procedures performed by veterinarians.
These veterinary surgeries are used to remove skin tumors and cancers of the head and neck and can involve complex oral surgeries.
Wound Repair & Mass Removal
Wounds on the skin can be in the form of bites, cuts, burns or other trauma. These wounds need to be treated as soon as possible by a veterinarian to prevent infection and disease.
Cats and dogs can also develop masses associated with the skin. They can also grow inside a body cavity and can be serious or life-threatening. Mass removal surgery is a fairly common procedure for both cats and dogs.
Urogenital surgery involves surgical intervention for issues within the urinary tract, most commonly, the bladder and urethra. This type of surgery can also be performed on the reproductive organs (penis, testicles, vagina, ovaries, and uterus).
These surgical procedures are commonly performed to remove and prevent urinary obstructions and take out masses or cancers from the bladder wall.
Soft Tissue Surgery FAQs
If your beloved companion is about to have surgery, it can be nerve-wracking. Our veterinary team would like to help put your mind at ease.
Whether you are concerned about recovery times or what to expect at your dog or cat's consultation, we've got you covered. If we have not answered your question, feel free to contact us and we will be happy to discuss your concerns.
What happens during a soft tissue consultation appointment?
During the pre-operative consultation, our veterinarians will review your cat or dog's medical history and perform a physical examination. We will then administer the appropriate diagnostic tests, including blood work and anything else that might be needed to determine the nature of your cat or dog's condition and ensure they are healthy enough for anesthesia.
Diagnostic testing may include radiographs (X-rays) or an ultrasound. Once the results are back, our veterinary team will determine a plan and you will be contacted to schedule your dog or cat's surgery.
What is the recovery time for soft tissue surgery?
As long as post-operative care instructions are followed, your dog or cat should recover relatively quickly. They should be back to acting like their normal selves within about two to three weeks.
This being said, full recovery can take up to six weeks so it is important to closely monitor your dog or cat to ensure they are not over-exerting themselves.