County Vets are able to offering laparoscopic neutering for bitches over 10kg. Laparoscopy (keyhole surgery) is common place in human medicine and is now becoming more widespread in veterinary practice. We are very proud to be able to provide this to our patients at our Friarswood branch.
How does it work?
The keyhole spay is performed under general anaesthetic via three very small holes (usually around 1cm diameter) in the abdomen which allow fine instruments and a magnifying camera inside the body to perform the surgery, removing the ovaries only (ovariectomy) with maximum precision and minimal invasion.
Is my dog suitable?
Keyhole spays are usually carried out on healthy patients having routine neutering surgery. At present we cannot offer keyhole surgery to patients under 10kg in weight. Please book in for a free pre-op check where we can examine your dog and discuss the procedure in more detail.
What are the benefits?
This less invasive method of surgery will give your pet much smaller wounds, less post-operative discomfort and a quick recovery. Average surgery is generally much shorter often resulting in shorter anaesthetic time. Your dog will usually require 3-7 days post-op care.
As with traditional neutering, spayed bitches will not have seasons, cannot become pregnant and will not develop womb infections or ovarian tumours.
How much does it cost?
The cost of keyhole neutering is higher than the traditional method as the procedure is carried out by specially trained surgeons and requires specialist equipment. We price depending on the size of your dog—please ask for an estimate.