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  • Lap Spay

Significantly less pain with a laparoscopic keyhole spay

Spay today, play tomorrow! Only £275.

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:

  • Significantly reduced pain. A study in 2005 reported a 65% reduction in pain
  • Smaller incisions
  • Less risk of wound complications (swelling, ruptures, infection)
  • Improved recovery time
  • Minimal exercise restriction
  • Most patients do not require an Elizabethan plastic collar
  • No revisit checks or stitch removal

Laparoscopic bitch spay in progressThe cost of a laparoscopic keyhole spay at Riversmeet Vets is £275 including VAT.

A camera and special keyhole instruments are used in laparoscopic surgery. This means smaller incisions (6-12mm) are made in the abdominal wall to perform an operation.

Traditional abdominal surgery uses a large single incision. The advantages of laparoscopic surgery are significantly reduced pain, less wound complications and improved recovery time.

The most common procedure we perform using this technique is a laparoscopic bitch spay. See our laparoscopic spay page.

Laparoscopic spay aftercare

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.