Laparoscopic Spay Services
Minimally Invasive Lap Spay Surgery
Getting your dog or cat spayed or neutered is one of the most important things you can do, both for them as well as for their general population numbers. According to PETA, there are around 70 million homeless dogs and cats in the United States. Spaying female dogs and cats (and neutering the males) your pets will help with that, easing the stresses on shelters that care for these animals as well as cutting down the number of unwanted pets.
Beyond that, spaying can actually help your pet live a longer, healthier life. The procedure helps protect your dog or cat against life-threatening diseases in the reproductive tract, bacterial infections, and many types of cancer. It won’t alter their personality in the least, although they may be a little sluggish in the hours following.
Laparoscopic Spaying Procedure
Traditionally speaking, an ovariohysterectomy (spay) is a relatively quick surgery, although the recovery period can be up to two weeks. With an “open” procedure, an overnight stay may be required because of the damage caused internally. Common in many human surgeries, laparoscopic procedures are much less invasive and are becoming more popular with pets.
Although the cuts of the past were still relatively small and safe, minimally invasive procedures such as laparoscopic spaying improve the process by leaps and bounds. For example, a 60-pound dog may need a four-inch incision to perform the procedure the traditional way. When done laparoscopically, we only need a half-inch opening to perform the surgery.
Benefist of Laparoscopic Spaying
When our doctor removes the ovaries through smaller incisions, there’s less trauma at the surface. The procedure is performed with more exacting tools, causing less damage internally. Removal of the reproductive organs via cauterizing the tissues, meaning internal bleeding is kept to a minimum as blood vessels are immediately closed. With open surgery, blood loss is greater and chances of hemorrhaging are greater.
When completed, the smaller hole is quickly sutured and the four-legged patient can go home to recover. In most cases, they return to their normal cute, funny selves. The post-operative recovery period ranges from a few days to a week, nearly half the time of the open surgery. And while there is less pain for your pet, they will still need to be monitored for at least a week.
Caring and Compassionate Veterinary Services in Aspen
For any number of reasons, minimally invasive surgery such as laparoscopic spaying is a much-preferred method of surgery. When it comes time to spay your dog or cat, small incisions from Aspen Animal Hospitals Veterinary Surgeons mean a cleaner procedure and faster recovery than traditional spays.
Our doctors have decades of veterinary experience between them and their unsurpassed expertise is matched by their overwhelming desire to make your pet as comfortable as possible. Using the best equipment and most updated procedures, Aspen Animal Hospital is ready to earn your trust and be your local veterinarian.
In addition to laparoscopic spaying for your dog or cat, Aspen Animal Hospital offers a wide variety of veterinarian services for your pets. Whether it’s an annual checkup, a teeth cleaning, or your furbaby just hasn’t been themselves for a couple of days, schedule a time to come down and visit us.
Our Fear Free exam rooms and welcoming lobby will help put both you and your pet at ease. Aspen Animal Hospital has the most up-to-date equipment, an on-site lab, and an in-house pharmacy so we can examine, diagnose, and treat all in one place. Give us a call and see how we can help you and your pet.