When you bring a new dog home, you’ll have plenty of decisions to make—from the right bed and toys to her favorite food and treats. But there’s one choice you might not have considered: whether to opt for a traditional spay or laparoscopic spay. Our Mountainside veterinary team is here to talk about the benefits of the laparoscopic spay procedure.
What Is a Laparoscopic Spay?
Spaying your dog is an important part of helping her live a longer, healthier life. Spaying can prevent unwanted litters of puppies, help protect against serious health problems, and reduce many behavioral problems associated with the reproductive cycle.
A traditional spay, also known as an “open” surgical spay, generally requires a 2-4 inch long incision just below the umbilicus (belly button). This incision gives the surgical team the “window” they need to view and handle the tissue appropriately. The surgeon then removes the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus in what’s known as an ovariohysterectomy (OVH).
By comparison, a laparoscopic spay, or “keyhole” spay, is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure. The surgeon makes 2-3 small incisions (typically ⅕ inch to ⅖ inches long) into the abdomen. A camera is passed into one incision and a small instrument into the other. Then, using the camera to magnify and better visualize your pet’s organs, they’ll remove just the ovaries.
Top Benefit of Laparoscopic Spay: Lower pain levels post-op
In 2005, a study concluded that laparoscopic spays caused less surgical stress and up to 65% less post-operative pain than a traditional spay. In large part, that’s because fewer cuts are made to the dog’s reproductive organs, which leads to less bleeding and trauma. And, because the patient’s organs are magnified, the veterinarian is able to spay your dog with greater precision and care during this type of surgery.
Is Laparoscopic Spay The Right Choice For Your Dog?
Your veterinary care team can help determine whether a traditional or laparoscopic spay is best for your pup. With the right surgeon, both are relatively routine, safe surgical procedures. While laparoscopy offers many benefits, your pet’s care team can help you understand the pros and cons of each procedure.
In general, laparoscopic surgery will be more expensive because it requires specialized equipment and a high caliber of training. If you have budget concerns, we can work with you to ensure your pup stays comfortable following a traditional spay as well.
Still have questions? Our team can help!
The team at Mountainside Veterinary Hospital is here to help you make the best possible decision for your pet’s care. We believe knowledge is power, and want to help pet owners understand all of their options. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have and make recommendations based on your pet’s age, size, and medical history.
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