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Soft Tissue Surgery for Dogs and Cats
The veterinary team at Fort Garry Veterinary Hospital specializes in soft tissue surgery for dogs and cats that require surgery to treat conditions involving the gastrointestinal system, respiratory system, and cardiothoracic. Soft tissue surgery is also available for the ear, nose and throat. Our veterinarian in Winnipeg has substantial experience in emergency and urgent soft tissue surgery as well as routine procedures to treat congenital defects or acquired conditions. We understand that any soft tissue surgical procedure can be a stressful experience for pet owners. We are proud of our successful surgery track record and committed to doing everything possible to protect a pet’s safety and wellbeing.
For non-emergency or urgent soft tissue surgery, our veterinarian in Winnipeg will discuss the procedure in detail, including the outcomes for any pre-operative diagnostic tests. More complex soft tissue surgery may require diagnostic procedures under anesthesia before the surgery is performed. These diagnostic procedures include biopsies and angiography in order to determine the full extent of a disease and the appropriate course of treatment. Some soft tissue surgeries may be urgent or emergency surgeries that are vital to your pet’s survival. For example, gastric dilatation volvulus is the result of bloat in dogs; should the stomach become twisted, surgery is essential to returning the stomach to its correct orientation.
We know that surgery can be a time of high anxiety for pet owners. That’s why our experienced veterinary surgical team stresses open communication through each step of the process so you know exactly what to expect and how to prepare. We do our best to provide reassuring and compassionate care for your pets. In some cases, your pet may spend the night before a surgical procedure at our vet hospital in order to complete diagnostic blood work and become acclimated to the environment. Your pet may also spend the night at our animal hospital following the procedure so our vet team can monitor your pet for any symptoms of complications resulting from the anesthesia or surgery. This will also ensure adequate pain management following the procedure.
Once your pet is ready to return home, our veterinarian will go over in detail how to care for your pet. This includes pain management medication dosage, supporting your pet during the healing process, and any rehabilitative therapy that may be necessary. Should you have concerns about your pet’s recovery at any point in the process, our veterinary team is available to answer questions. Typically pets will need to wear an Elizabethan collar until the skin sutures or staples are removed after surgery. This usually happens 10 to 14 days after the procedure, but may vary based on your pet’s recovery needs.
If your pet needs soft tissue surgery, then look no further than the experience Winnipeg veterinary team at Fort Garry Veterinary Hospital. To learn more about soft tissue surgery, contact our veterinarian in Winnipeg at 204-452-9010.