Keyhole Bitch spay

At Willett House we are always looking to improve our skills and to offer new techniques not readily available in all practices. That is why we were one of the first few practices in the country to offer keyhole (laparoscopic) techniques, including the keyhole bitch spay for neutering female dogs. Please be aware we typically only perform this procedure in pets over 12kg in weight, if you have any questions around the suitability of this procedure for you pet please contact the practice to discuss.

The keyhole bitch spay uses special endoscopes to be able to neuter your female dog utilising a minimally invasive technique compared with routine spaying. There are two sterilisation techniques available:

  • Ovariectomy (removal of the ovaries alone)
  • Ovariohysterectomy (removal of the ovaries and the uterus).

We can perform both techniques at Willett House, and, although an ovariectomy is the preferred technique, our surgeons would be happy to discuss which technique would best suit your dog.

Although we still undertake conventional spaying we recommend the keyhole bitch spay because it has the following advantages:

  • Reduced tissue trauma
  • Reduced chance of bleeding during or post-operatively
  • Reduced post-operative pain
  • Small skin wounds with no skin sutures
  • Less risk of post-operative complications such as infection and wound breakdown
  • Faster recovery times meaning less time on restricted exercise – this procedure is ideal for working dogs or those dogs in training classes etc

In addition to offering this service to our registered clients we are happy to provide this service to non-registered clients and can liaise with your normal vet, so your pets post-operative care can be carried out by them.

Please contact the team should you require any further information or advice regarding this service.