Our veterinarians’ high level of expertise and our practice’s fully equipped surgical suite allows us to perform the vast majority of soft tissue surgical procedures that your pet may require. Soft tissue surgery encompasses any surgery that is not related to bones. It includes procedures such as:
- exploratory laporotomies;
- lump removals;
- wound stitch-ups;
- removal of intestinal foreign bodies—the list is endless!
A very common soft tissue surgery is the removal of lumps. Some lumps may require a biopsy prior to removal to help understand whether or not they are cancerous. This information assists in planning the surgery in a way that will give your pet the best possible outcome. Once the lumps have been removed we recommend sending them to our external laboratory for analysis.
Although most lumps are benign (not harmful), a minority are more serious (malignant). In the case of malignant tumours, early removal and an accurate diagnosis is extremely important to maximise the chances of a good outcome.
If you find a lump or bump on your pet please make an appointment to visit one of our veterinarians to discuss any surgery your pet may require.
Another common procedure are stitch-ups following injury from hunting or other accidents. If your pet suffers an injury where it may need a stitch-up it is best attended to within 24 hours after the injury. Wounds that are left longer than this generally cannot be stitched and become 'contaminated' and are more easily infected, resulting in post-operative complications.
If you pet suffers an injury, please call the clinic and seek advice from our helpful staff on whether it may require immediate veterinary attention.
See also 'Desexing' section for more details.