THE KEYHOLE SPEY PROCESS
The process is similar to the traditional spey, they will be with us for the day as would be the case for conventional spey. They will have to be starved overnight and no breakfast in the morning but can have access to water. We recommend they are taken out to the loo before attending the practice, but please avoid getting them muddy or the procedure may need to be postponed due to infection risk.
Once under anaesthesia, a large area of fur extending up both sides of the dogs will be removed allowing us to ‘pick up’ the ovaries from the outside. A small amount of gas is introduced internally to lift the body wall away from the internal organs, creating an space to perform the procedure. Two small wounds are made on the belly into which the camera and surgical instruments are placed. The organs are inspected and ovaries are removed leaving the uterus behind (in most cases). The wounds are closed with sutures.
Complications can happen with any surgery, but they are very rare. In the worst case, keyhole surgery is converted to traditional open surgery.
The cost of laparoscopy is fixed at £580.
For very small dogs such as chihuahuas and miniature toy poodles, there may not be enough space for our keyhole cameras and instruments so traditional open surgery may safer, this will be assessed on a case by case basis. We do have paediatric equipment for dogs weighing under 8Kg. Please note, a pre-surgical weight loss programme may be required to attend to reduce overall increased risk.
If you have any further questions please contact the surgery.