VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center

Soft tissue surgery

Our hospital offers many Soft Tissue Surgery Services. Soft tissue surgery refers to surgery on any body part excluding: bones/joints (orthopedic surgery), heart (cardiac surgery), or nervous system (neurologic surgery). Examples of common soft tissue surgeries include gastrointestinal surgery (to remove foreign objects or removed diseased sections of intestine), bladder surgery (to remove stones or polyps), liver surgery (to remove masses or diseased lobes), and spleen surgery (often to remove diseased spleens or masses). There are many other soft tissue procedures performed and your veterinarian will discuss what your pet requires. Pain management medications are standard with all of our soft tissue surgery procedures to insure your pet's comfort and speedy recovery.

Some of the soft tissue procedures offered:

Head and Neck Surgery

  • Total ear canal ablation with lateral bulla osteotomy (TECA-LBO)
  • Oral Surgery

  • Sialocele (Sialoadenectomy)
  • Maxillectomy - Mandibulectomy

Hepatobiliary Surgery

  • Cholecystectomy

  • Biliary stenting

  • Biliary rerouting

  • Liver lobectomy

Abdominal Surgery

  • Splenectomy

  • Adrenalectomy
  • Pancreatic surgery

Gastrointestinal surgery

  • Gastric dilation-volvulus
  • Prophylactic gastropexy

  • Bowel obstruction
  • Hernia repair

Vascular and Cardiovascular Surgery

  • Vascular ring anomaly correction

  • Indwelling vascular catheter placement
  • Portosystemic shunt ligation

  • PDA

  • Pericardiectomy

Thoracic and Respiratory Surgery

  • Lung lobectomy
  • Thoracic duct ligation
  • Brachycephalic airway surgery

  • Tracheal surgery
  • Laryngeal tie back

Reconstructive Surgery

  • Skin grafting

  • Wound management

  • Skin flaps

Oncologic Surgery

  • Mass excision (thoracic, cutaneous, abdomen)

Minimally Invasive Surgery

  • Laparoscopy
  • Thoracoscopy

Urogenital Surgery

  • Cystotomy, cystectomy

  • Perineal urethrostomy

  • Ectopic ureter repair
  • Scrotal urethrostomy
  • Nephrectomy
  • Intrathoracic abnormalities, and tumor removals



General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

24/7/365, if your pet has a medical emergency, you can find us at the following address:

VCA Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center
123 West Cedar Street, Norwalk, CT 06854
Telephone: 203-854-9960

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VCA Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center is a fully-equipped 24/7/365 emergency hospital serving pets and their people in Norwalk and the surrounding communities in Fairfield County and southwestern Connecticut. If you suspect your pet is having a medical crisis, our experienced team of veterinarians, technicians and assistants are here to assist you.

Our Emergency and Critical Care units can assist in all of the following situations requiring immediate medical attention: Auto accidents, traumatic injuries (fractures, bites, burns, lacerations, wounds), respiratory emergencies (choking, difficulty breathing), vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty urinating/defecating, shock, loss of consciousness, dizziness, staggering, tremors, seizures, paralysis, toxic reactions, poison ingestion, labor and delivery problems, blood in urine or feces, swollen, hard, painful abdomen, heatstroke.