Soft Tissue Repairs
Soft tissue injuries are common in pets. Accidents, fight with other animals and getting into a hazardous situation due to curiosity can happen at any time. Veterinarians are trained to deal with these injuries, allowing your pet to get back to normal activities as quickly as possible. At Jane Animal Hospital, we have extensive experience performing soft tissue repairs in pets.
Types of Soft Tissue Repairs
Soft tissue injuries generally include those of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It can also include wounds on the skin surface or problems with the gums or other soft tissue in the mouth. Injuries can include deep cuts, severe abrasions, tearing or separation. The injury may affect the animal's usual behaviour, such as not being able to walk normally, eat properly or other dysfunction. However, some soft tissue injuries may not affect function, but they still require treatment to prevent more severe health issues.
Diagnosing Soft Tissue Injuries
The veterinarian will carefully clean the wound and examine the tissue to determine the extent of the damage. If the wound is close to the joints or spine, x-rays may be done to ensure the bones have not been involved. Arthroscopy is also used to diagnose problems related to the function of the joints.
Treatment of Soft Tissue Injuries
Your veterinarian may do a number of procedures to carefully clean the wound and determine how much tissue has been damaged. Repair may require adjusting the edges of the tissue and suturing or more extensive surgical procedures. In some cases, your veterinarian in Toronto may recommend physical therapy after a repair to restore full function to the affected area.
Recovery From Soft Tissue Repairs
When an animal is recovering from a soft tissue repair, the owner is likely to be asked to change the bandage, monitor the wound for signs of infection and keep the animal quiet during the initial stages of healing. You should keep your pet from disturbing the area or licking at the incision. Your veterinarian will provide antibiotics to prevent infection and instructions on administering them. Follow-up visits to the veterinarian will ensure that healing is progressing normally.
Soft Tissue Surgery
Even healthy pets may develop a problem that requires surgery on the soft tissues of the body. Unusual growths, wound care and removal of foreign objects are common problems that our skilled veterinarians deal with on a routine basis. Our team provides safe and effective soft tissue surgery to ensure your pet gets back to full health.
What Types of Soft Tissue Surgery Are Performed?
Soft tissue surgery involves all procedures that do not involve the joints or spine of the animal. This includes surgeries on the head, neck, upper airway, chest, gastrointestinal system, urinary system, reproductive system, nerves or skin. This type of surgery can include simple removal of growths to more complex, exploratory surgery and can use both standard and laparoscopic techniques.
Caring For Your Pet After Surgery
Your veterinarian in Toronto will provide detailed instructions for the care of your pet after soft tissue or orthopedic surgery. Generally, you will be required to keep the animal quiet, preferably in an area of your home that has less traffic. You will be given instructions for feeding, wound care, medications and what symptoms might indicate a problem with healing. You will also be provided with a follow-up appointment to have the animal checked to ensure proper healing.