Soft Tissue Surgery

Soft tissue surgery in dogs and cats involves the investigation and treatment of conditions affecting the skin, head, neck, chest and abdomen (or in other words everything apart from the bones / joints and brain / spinal cord).
We see dogs and cats referred for a wide variety of conditions and work closely with our colleagues in other areas such as internal medicine, anaesthesia, oncology, emergency and critical care and dermatology to ensure that all animals receive the best treatment for the individual.

At Paragon Veterinary Referrals, we strive to deliver the highest standards of care to your pet. Our soft tissue surgery team provides a comprehensive referral service for all surgical conditions. We commonly see dogs and cats suffering from the following types of problem: 

  • Breathing problems (e.g. in short nosed / brachycephalic dogs) 
  • Ear problems that have failed topical management 
  • Tumours of the skin and elsewhere 
  • Abscesses and foreign bodies (e.g. sticks or grass seeds) 
  • Stomach and intestinal problems (e.g. foreign body, tumours, biopsy) 
  • Difficulty passing urine or incontinence 
  • Wounds 
  • Critically ill animals 

Key benefits of our service: 

  • Experienced and approachable clinicians 
  • Multidisciplinary hospital with access to variety of other Specialists 
  • Specialist anaesthetist on site for challenging cases 
  • Intensive care unit with dedicated nurses and back up from Emergency and Critical Care Specialist 
  • 24-hour inpatient care from experienced and dedicated vets, nurses and ward staff 
  • Gold standard facilities and equipment including CT scanner, MRI, two dedicated theatres, surgical staplers, key hole surgery and laser 
  • Unrivalled expertise, particularly for management of congenital portosystemic shunts and brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) 
  • Cutting edge treatments offered including laser treatment of ectopic ureters, SUB devices for ureteric blockage, intrahepatic shunt surgery and laser treatment of BOAS 

You and your pet will have a 60-minute initial consultation. During this time, we will discuss your pet’s problem and give them a thorough examination. We will discuss in detail the options for investigation and treatment, and together we will form a plan. We will try to answer any questions that you may have. We will always discuss potential costs, outcomes and risks including complications. 

Your animal will then be admitted for further investigations and treatment as appropriate. Investigations may be performed on the same day as the consultation and surgery is typically performed the following day. However, in some instance, particularly in emergency situations, surgery may be the same day. Depending on the treatment most animals will stay in the hospital for a number of days. Animals that have surgery are typically hospitalised for at least 24-48 hours after surgery for pain reliefobservation and nursing care. We will call you daily with updates on your pet’s progress throughout their stay.