Laparoscopic Neutering/Spaying

London Vet Specialists is pleased to offer laparoscopic spaying of female dogs, carried out by our specialist surgeon, Dr Janet Kovak McClaran.

What is laparoscopic neutering?

A laparoscopic spay or neuter is where a female dog (a bitch) has its ovaries removed through a keyhole incision in the tummy, using specialised surgical instruments. This method of neutering is associated with less pain and faster healing than a traditional spay operation.

Traditional neutering of female dogs involves an operation whereby a hole, usually of about 5cm, is made in the midline of the tummy, or occasionally the flank, under general anaesthesia. The uterus and the ovaries are removed through this hole, and the bitch is subsequently unable to have puppies. The technical name for this operation is ovariohysterectomy.

In a laparoscopic spay, only the ovaries are removed. This means that the bitch is still unable to have puppies afterwards, but because of the smaller wound needed, recovery from the operation is more comfortable and much faster. Dogs are often back to their usual routine within a day.

Which dogs should have laparoscopic spays?

Any female dog will benefit from a laparoscopic spay. The procedure is particularly suitable for large, deep-chested dogs. These are at higher risk of a life threatening condition called gastric dilatation volvulus or GDV. A laparoscopic spay will allow a procedure called a gastropexy to be performed at the same time. This is where the dog’s stomach is secured to the tummy wall to prevent it from moving into an abnormal position. For at-risk breeds, having both surgical procedures carried out at the same time takes away the need to have
repeated operations.

Gastropexy (if combined) decreases risk of GDV in deep-chested dogs.

Booking your pet in for a laparoscopic spay

If you would like to find out more about laparoscopic neutering, please contact us and one of our team will be happy to talk it through with you. You can either book your pet directly in for the procedure or arrange it through your usual vet. Email appointments@londonvetspecialists.vet or call 0207 433 0155.