A laparoscopy spay is a female dog neutering operation and is our most popular keyhole procedure. At our practice it is a routine operation which is performed hundreds of times a year.
The advantages of a laparoscopic spay over a traditional spay are:
The cost of a laparoscopic keyhole spay at Riversmeet Veterinary Centre is £220 including VAT.
A camera and special keyhole instruments are used during a laparoscopic spay. Two small incisions (6-12mm) are made in the abdominal wall and then both ovaries are removed (ovariectomy) using an electrosurgery instrument. A traditional spay uses a large single incision and the uterus and ovaries are removed after exteriorising them from the abdomen by traction and ligating their blood supply.
For the first 24 hours after coming home confine your dog to one room, avoid excitement, stairs or slippery surfaces and separate from other pets. Do not let your dog jump or climb. You can take your dog out on a lead to the garden for toileting as needed.
After the first 24 hours you can take your dog out for unlimited normal walks but it is advised to keep very active dogs on a lead for 7 days to avoid over vigorous exercise.
No re-check visits are required and there are no skin sutures to be removed because the two small skin incisions have been closed with surgical tissue adhesive.