Soft Tissue Surgery

Our veterinarians at Ithaca Animal Hospital perform a variety of surgeries for your cat or dog including spay & neuter, gastropexy, biopsies, cystotomies, gastrotomy/enterotomy, and mass removal. Learn more about our surgeries below.

Soft Tissue Surgery

There may be times when your pet requires more advanced surgical skills, and we can refer you to several board-certified surgeons in our area to ensure your pet receives the best possible care and recovers quickly.

Pet Ovariohysterectomy (Spay) and Castration (Neuter)

It’s important to spay or neuter your pet regardless of their age. Lengthen their life by using our spay or neuter services, and keep the animal overpopulation problem at bay. Spaying and neutering prevent a barrage of health problems for your new furry bundle of joy or an older pet you may have adopted. Our full-service veterinary hospital in Ithaca will take great care by using a straightforward, caring approach. We use state-of-the-art technology to make the procedure as simple and easy on you and your pet as possible. Plus, we take great pride in letting you know exactly what to expect and how your pet’s behavior will be changed for the better.


Gastric Dilatation is a life-threatening condition in which the stomach fills with air and twists upon itself. GDV occurs most commonly occurs in large breed, deep-chested dogs, although all dogs are at risk. The procedure involves attaching the stomach to the body wall, thus preventing the twist.


Gastrotomy/entertomy (Foreign Body removal)

Foreign bodies can be anything that is not easily digestible, such as string, clothing, sticks, children’s toys, bones, or trash. Obstructions in the gastrointestinal tract can occur at any point. While some foreign bodies in the stomach can be found and removed using endoscopy, the majority of obstructions will necessitate abdominal surgery.

Mass removal and Biopsy

Dermatologists use skin biopsies as a diagnostic tool and recommend them in a variety of situations. A skin biopsy may be performed to simply remove a skin lesion such as a mass, to collect a tissue sample for deep tissue culture, or to make an accurate diagnosis when changes to the skin, hair, or nails occur.

Veterinary Services

Below are all of the veterinary services we offer at Ithaca Animal Hospital. If you have any questions regarding our services, please feel free to call us.