We now offer the convenience of keyhole bitch spays, as an option for neutering here at Shepton Vets. Keyhole surgery has been used for many years in human medicine and this technique has been adapted for use with animals.
This newer keyhole spaying technique offers: smaller wounds, less internal manipulation and a faster recovery time versus a normal spay procedure.
Why we neuter?
Spaying (neutering of females) has become a common procedure because of the health benefits it can offer your bitch. Spaying can prevent pyometra, a life threatening uterine infection, and mammary (breast) cancer in your bitch and as such on average spayed bitches live longer than those not spayed.
Spaying also prevents bitches from breeding or coming into season and so helps with management where there are multiple dogs and prevention of unwanted puppies.
What happens in a normal spay?
A normal spay procedure involves a surgical incision into the abdomen, large enough so that the veterinary surgeon can have full view of the uterus and ovaries. During the procedure both the uterus and ovaries are removed. To do this the associated tissues are pulled into view to be clamped and tied, to stop blood flow to the organs. At the end of the procedure the abdominal muscles and skin are sutured to close the abdomen.
What happens in a keyhole spay?
In a keyhole spay three small incisions are made into the abdomen, two 1/2cm and one of a 1cm. These incisions are used to place the endoscope into the abdomen. Images from the endoscope are transmitted onto a screen in the theatre to enable the veterinary surgeon to view the uterus and ovaries.
The ovaries are elevated and an electrosurgical device is used to seal the blood vessels and remove the ovaries. In a keyhole spay only the ovaries are removed. At the end of the procedure the three small incisions are closed as usual.
What happens on the day?
After the procedure:
We like to examine patients at two further post operation checks at 2 days and 10 days post procedure. The wounds will be monitored, any further advice will be given, and sutures will be removed in the final check.
Producing hormones takes energy and so after being spayed the energy demands of the patient are often lower. As such they generally need less food in order to maintain their healthy body weight.
We offer FREE weight monitoring checks in our nursing clinics to ensure we can monitor weight and body condition score for our patients and ensure that any feeding adjusts that need to made can be spotted early.
What our clients say about the Keyhole Spay:
Speak to your vet about your options for neutering and for more details on our keyhole spay procedure.