Oak Barn Vets is leading the way with lap spay procedures, which see dogs recover much more quickly, along with representing a much lower risk of complications.
Vet surgeon Claire Madgwick leads the lap spays at Oak Barn Vets and says that she would urge all dog owners looking at getting their pets neutered to strongly consider the keyhole procedure.
Claire said: “Laparoscopy is a form of minimally invasive surgery which uses a camera and specialised equipment to remove both ovaries through small incisions.
“Comparatively, in traditional surgery, one large incision is made on the abdomen, through which the ovaries and uterus are removed.
“The procedure carries other clear benefits compared to more traditional surgery, as dogs recover so much more quickly from the laparoscopic ovariectomy versus the traditional midline ovariohysterectomy.
“This quicker recovery is both in the immediate aftermath of general anaesthetic (they can potentially be home within a couple of hours) and also longer term – within a couple of days at home they can usually be allowed to go on lead walks.
“There is also much less risk of intra/post-operative haemorrhage and, therefore, with anxious dogs we can be more hands-off with their recoveries. The wounds are also obviously much smaller and less likely to have any healing complications.”