Surgery-Soft Tissue

Soft tissue surgery includes surgeries not associated with bone. Our doctors are experienced surgeons and perform an array of soft tissue surgeries including:

  • Mass removals and biopsies
  • Cystotomy (i.e. surgery to remove bladder stones) 
  • Gastrointestinal foreign body (i.e. surgery or endoscopy to remove an ingested object that has blocked a pet’s digestive tract)
  • Laceration / Wound repair 
  • Brachycephalic airway surgery (i.e. surgery to allow certain breeds to breathe more easily)

The most common soft tissue surgery performed at our clinic is the removal of masses or ‘lumps’ on animals. Most of these masses or ‘lumps’, once removed and tested, are benign (non-harmful); 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. Brachycephalic dogs are breeds of dog whose skull bones are shortened, which gives their nose a “pushed in” appearance. Examples of these breeds include Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pekingese, Chinese Pugs and Boxers. Brachycephalic airway syndrome refers to a set of upper airway abnormalities (narrow nostrils, long soft palate, everted laryngeal saccules and a small diameter trachea) that affect brachycephalic dogs and can make it more difficult for them to breathe. Surgery to resolve these airway abnormalities can improve our patient’s quality of life by allowing them to breathe more easily. All our patients are monitored by an experienced veterinary technician and advanced equipment tracking their vital signs (including heart rate, respiratory rate, ECG and blood pressure) while under anesthesia