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At Vet’s Klinic we now offer Laparoscopic (Keyhole) Spaying

Keyhole Surgery

by | May 31, 2024

As a pet owner, ensuring their well-being is a top priority. One important decision you may face is having your pet spayed. Traditionally, spaying has been performed through an open surgery, but modern veterinary medicine offers an advanced alternative: Laparoscopic (Keyhole) spay surgery. This minimally invasive procedure comes with several notable benefits for both pets and owners. Here’s why you might consider a laparoscopic spay for your beloved animal.

1. Minimally Invasive Procedure

Laparoscopic spaying involves making two or three small incisions rather than one large one. The pet is left with small wounds of less than 1cm. Through these tiny incisions, a camera and surgical instruments are inserted to perform the surgery.

2. Reduced Pain and Discomfort

One of the most compelling advantages of laparoscopic spaying is the reduction in pain and discomfort experienced by your pet. Traditional spay surgeries require a larger incision and more extensive manipulation of internal organs, which can lead to significant post-operative pain. In contrast, the smaller incisions and more precise nature of laparoscopic surgery results in much less pain due to reduction of pulling on the ovarian ligament during surgery.

3. Quicker Recovery Time

Pets that undergo laparoscopic spaying generally recover faster than those that have traditional surgery. The smaller incisions heal more quickly, and pets often resume normal activities sooner. This quicker recovery is not only beneficial for your pet’s comfort but also means less downtime and worry for you as an owner.

4. Fewer Problems associated with Self-trauma

A traditional spay surgery often requires diligent post-operative care to prevent pets from licking their wound or chewing their stitches, both of which can lead to infection. With laparoscopic spaying, the smaller incisions result in fewer issues with external wounds, reducing the likelihood of these behaviours occurring.

5. Lower Risk of Complications

The precision of this surgery reduces the risk of complications during and after the procedure. Smaller incisions are less likely to become infected, and there is typically less bleeding during surgery. Additionally, the enhanced visualisation provided by the laparoscope allows the veterinarian to perform the surgery with greater accuracy, further minimising the risk of complications.

Are there any disadvantages?

While laparoscopic spaying offers many benefits, there are also some potential disadvantages to consider. Here are a few points to keep in mind when deciding whether this procedure is right for your pet:

1. Higher Initial Cost

Laparoscopic spaying typically costs a little more than traditional spay surgery. The higher price is due to the specialised equipment and advanced training required for the procedure. You can directly compare prices here :

2. Limited in Certain Cases

In some situations, traditional spaying may be more appropriate. For example, if a pet has certain anatomical abnormalities or if complications arise during a laparoscopic procedure, the veterinarian might need to switch to an open surgery approach. This flexibility is essential for ensuring the safety and well-being of the pet.

3. Anesthesia Risks

As with any surgery, laparoscopic spaying involves the use of general anaesthesia. While the procedure is generally safe, there are always risks associated with anaesthesia, especially in pets with underlying health conditions. It’s important to discuss these risks with your veterinarian.

4. Longer Surgery Time

While recovery is generally quicker with laparoscopic spaying, the actual surgery may take longer compared to traditional methods. This is due to the careful and precise nature of the laparoscopic technique. However, the longer surgery time is often offset by the benefits of a quicker and less painful recovery. There also remains the possibility that the surgeon may need to revert to a traditional spay if, during the surgery, it becomes necessary due to unforeseen circumstances.


Laparoscopic spaying presents numerous advantages, including reduced pain, faster recovery, and lower risk of complications. However, it’s important to weigh these benefits against potential drawbacks such as higher initial costs, availability, and the need for specialised surgical expertise. By discussing these factors with your veterinarian, you can make an informed decision that best suits the needs of your pet.

Vet’s Klinic are committed to providing comprehensive care and will help you explore all available options to ensure the best outcome for your pet. If you have any concerns or need more information about laparoscopic spaying, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Your pet’s health and happiness are our top priorities.

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