It is very important to spey our pet dogs as it prevents uterus infections (pyometra), and it significantly reduced the risks of mammary cancer. Neutering or speying of bitches is done routinely in veterinary practice. However, it is far from being a routine or straight forward surgical procedure. A large incision wound is made and there has to be a lot of tissue handling to remove the ovaries and uterus. The dogs are often sore and uncomfortable following this invasive procedure.
Here a Chaseview we have taken steps to offer a much better option for our canine companions and we now perform keyhole speys (laparoscopic spey). This type of procedure has revolutionised the experience for our dogs. With keyhole surgery there is no large incision only two 5-10mm incisions which heal quickly. There is barely any tissue handling to remove the ovaries. Most importantly of all this procedure is far less painful than traditional speys and the recovery time is very rapid.
Keyhole surgery has been used for sometime in human medicine and it has been shown to have less painful and faster recovery times. Less pain also means less pain medication is needed. Less risk of infections and bleeding. It is a privilege to be able to offer this surgical skill and technology to our pet dogs so they get the same benefits as us humans.
The procedure itself is a day surgery so your pet will be home with you on the same day. We perform the keyhole surgery under carefully controlled and monitored general anaesthetic keeping them as safe as possible. We will remove the ovaries using this technique and leave the uterus behind. Evidence shows there is no advantage to removing a healthy uterus. We follow up the procedures with 2 post operative check ups at 2 and 10 days post surgery. Here we check that everything is going well with your dog and feed them lots of treats so they have lots of fun coming back to see us.
Please feel free to speak to any of our vets or nurses about this procedure.