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Soft Tissue Surgery

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.

One of the most common soft tissue surgery performed on pets is the removal of masses, either cutaneous (on the skin) or internal.  Many of these masses, once removed and tested, are found to be benign (non-harmful); however, they can be more serious. Early removal and accurate diagnosis of a lump is necessary to improve the outcome in your pet if the mass is cancerous.

A wide variety of other surgical procedures are performed by our veterinarians.  These include, but are not limited to:  cystotomies (removal of stones from the bladder), enterotomies (removal of foreign bodies such as toys, bones, socks, underwear and so on from the intestines), caesarian sections, tail docking, amputations, hernia correction, mastectomy, splenectomy and drainage of abscesses.

We also perform a number of surgical procedures on the ears. For example, if your dog suffers from frequent ear infections, surgical intervention via a lateral ear resection can reduce their occurrence by improving airflow into the ear canal. Another common aural (ear) surgery is correction of an auricular hematoma (swollen, fluid-filled ear).  Certain cancerous conditions can also occur in the ear canal or on the pinna (ear flap) and necessitate surgery.

Surgery can also help resolve several problems related to the eyes. Some pets with deep corneal ulcers may benefit from surgery to allow the cornea to heal faster with less scarring, improving your pet’s ability to see.  Other ophthalmic conditions that can require surgical correction include: an enlarged meibomian gland in the third eyelid (cherry eye), proptosis of the eye (displacement of the eyeball out of the eye socket), entropion (a common condition in certain breeds where the eyelids curl inward and cause the eyelashes to rub on the eye), removal of foreign bodies from the eye, and removal of growths from the eyelids.  Enucleation (removal of the eye) is a procedure of last result if an eye is too badly damaged to be saved, if there is cancer in the eye or if it is very painful because of conditions such as severe glaucoma.

Please contact us if you’d like to discuss how soft tissue surgery might be able to help your pet.