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Keyhole Surgery

Laparoscopic Spaying for Neutering Dogs

Under a general anaesthetic, the vet makes a couple of small incisions into the dog's abdomen to allow the surgical instruments to be guided by a tiny camera. This gives the surgeon a magnified view of the internal organs which are shown on a tv screen.

Using laparoscopic spay for neutering differs from a routine bitch spay in the following ways:

  • In a laparoscopic spay only the ovaries are removed, meaning that there is no further risk of a pyometra (infection of the uterus) as it is the ovaries that produce the hormones responsible for this life threatening condition.
  • Laparoscopic spaying means smaller wounds so less tissue trauma with a lower risk of wound breakdown. There are no external sutures so your pet wouldn't need a buster collar.
  • Reduction in post op pain and quicker return to exercise, especially useful in bouncy dogs.
  • Magnification of the internal organs means a good view of the ovaries, but also allows the vet to visualise the entire abdomen through a very small hole.
  • Larger clipped area although this is temporary and your pet's fur will grow back
  • Due to the cost of the high tech equipment and specialist training there is a surcharge to our routine spay fee for this procedure - please ask for an accurate estimate.

In addition to spaying we can also use keyhole surgery to examine and biopsy other abdominal organs, e.g. the liver or to remove retained testicles.

There are a number of potential but rare complications with keyhole surgery which we can discuss with you if you are considering this for your pet.

If you would like to discuss laparoscopic spaying or keyhole surgery further, and for us to assess your pet's suitability, please contact the surgery on 01344 450345