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Soft Tissue Surgery


Soft tissue surgery is any surgery non-joint or bone related and can include ear, nose and throat, cardio-thoracic, hepatic, gastrointestinal, urogenital, skin reconstructive, and oncological surgeries. If soft tissue surgery is recommended for your pet, we will do everything possible to keep them safe and comfortable before, during, and after the surgery.

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There are many reasons why we may suggest surgery for your pet.

Some of the most common reasons are: to remove bladder stones (cystotomy), to remove a foreign body, and to remove a mass/tumor. We can perform a large number of procedures on most organ systems. The following is a list of surgical procedures we perform here at Metzler Veterinary Hospital. 

Depending on the type of surgery your pet needs, we may require additional diagnostics to be performed (such as blood work, x-rays, etc). This will be discussed with you at the time of consult. In addition, in a small number of surgical cases, spay/neuter will be required as some conditions are genetic/heritable; this will also be discussed with you at the time of your consult.

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Please note that surgery is a complex topic and if you do not see the procedure your pet needs, please call us and ask:

Head and neck

  • TECABO (total ear canal ablation bulla osteotomy

  • Thyroid tumor removal

  • Mandibulecotmy/maxillectomy (removal of a portion of the jaw)

  • Sialoadenectomy (salivary gland removal)

Occular (eye)

  • Enucleation

  • Eyelid mass removal

  • Entropion

Gastrointestinal/hepatobilliary (stomach, intestines, liver)

  • Foreign body (gastrotomy, enterotomy, resection and anastomosis)

  • Liver tumor removal

  • Cholesystectomy (removal of the gall bladder)

  • Gastropexy (prophylactic or for GDV)


  • Cystotomy

  • Ectopic ureter

  • Perienal/scrotal urethrostomy 

  • Nephrectomy (kidney removal)

  • Pyometra

  • Ovariohysterectomy (spay)

  • Castration (neuter)

  • Dystocia (c-section)


  • Brachycephalic airway surgery

  • Laryngeal tieback (for laryngeal paralysis)

  • PDA (patent ductus arteriosus)

  • PRAA (persistent right aortic arch)/vascular ring anomaly 

  • Lung lobectomy (lung lobe removal)


  • Splenectomy

  • Hernia repair (perineal, abdominal, inguinal)

  • Mass/tumor removal 

  • Mammary chain removal

  • Skin/wound reconstruction, including skin grafts and flaps

  • Amputation (limb, tail, digit)

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