laparoscopyNeutering a female dog can either be performed via the traditional method, where the abdomen is opened and the uterus (womb) and ovaries are removed or using a more minimally invasive approach called laparoscopy.

This involves two small incisions made in the skin, through which the instruments and camera are inserted. The ovaries are removed leaving the uterus in place.

As with conventional spays, we recommend that this procedure is performed either when your dog is 6 months of age or 2-3 months following a season.

We offer this procedure to our Avonvale patients and also to those referred to us by their usual veterinary practice.

Advantages of laparoscopic procedures:

  • Reduced pain from surgical wounds (so your dog is more comfortable)
  • Smaller surgical wounds
  • Fewer stitches
  • A faster return to normal activity
  • Reduced scar tissue formation

What to expect when your pet comes in:

  • Your pet will be admitted by one of our nurses on the day of the procedure. It is important that they have had no food since midnight but can be allowed water overnight.
  • Once admitted they will receive a general anaesthetic as with all operations. The fur on the stomach will be clipped and the skin cleaned ready for the operation.
  • Two small incisions will be made in the skin and the cameras and instruments inserted through these. Once the ovaries have been removed these little holes will be closed, normally with dissolvable stitches that are buried beneath the skin. Your pet will be discharged on the same day.
  • As with humans undergoing laparoscopic procedures we will ask for your consent to convert to an open, conventional approach during the procedure if necessary. This is very unlikely to happen and would only be undertaken if unforeseen circumstances arose necessitating open surgery to reduce any risk to your pet.

Post-operative care

  • Your dog will be sent home with a plastic collar to wear. This will prevent them licking their wounds and introducing infections. This should be worn at all times unless they are under your direct supervision.
  • Most animals are a little quiet after an anaesthetic and can have a smaller appetite for up to 24 hours.
  • They should be kept on the lead for 3 days, at which time they will have a post-operative check with one of our nurses. They will examine the wounds and make sure everything is healing well and after this, they can resume normal exercise.
  • Anti-inflammatory painkillers (Metacam) will be dispensed when your pet is discharged. This should be given for 2-3 days after the operation.

For those patients referred to us from other veterinary practices, we will request their medical history to enable us to check for any allergies to medicines that may be used and to ensure they are healthy.

Laparoscopic procedures are performed at our Stratford upon Avon surgery. If you would like to find out more, please call us on 01789 561010.

This handsome chap is Oscar, a 4yr old wire haired Hungarian Vizsla. Oscar has been a regular visitor to the hydrotherapy unit since August 2014 after being diagnosed with bilateral hip dysplasia.

Hip dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints. It is a genetic trait that is affected by environmental factors.

It is common in many dog breeds, particularly the larger breeds, and is the most common single cause of arthritis of the hips.

By having regular hydrotherapy sessions we have been able to manage his condition really well over the years, and he leads a normal active life as a result.

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jasmineAt 16 ½ years old, Toy poodle Jasmine is one of our oldest and smallest patients to receive regular hydrotherapy sessions at our Wellesbourne surgery.

Jasmine has been receiving treatment since October 2015, after it was confirmed with x-rays that she had osteoarthritis in her right elbow.

Unfortunately for Jasmine the medical treatment often used to alleviate the symptoms associated with osteoarthritis upsets her tummy.

Hydrotherapy is a great alternative in these circumstances as the warm water acts a natural anti-inflammatory and can help reduce pain.

The sessions have really helped Jasmine and made a big difference to her general well being.

London is a 6 year old crossbreed that required surgery on his right stifle (knee) after rupturing the cruciate ligaments back in May of this year.

After 6 weeks of strict rest and gentle physiotherapy, London began hydrotherapy treatment.

He has been prescribed a course of 10 sessions which should enable him to rebuild the strength, stamina and muscle in his right leg that had reduced during his recovery from surgery.

He seems to really enjoy his sessions and is already looking and moving much better.

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taraTara is an 8-year-old Labrador retriever that has been a regular visitor to our hydrotherapy unit for 4 years now.

Tara has bilateral hip dysplasia, and was referred to us by her vets at one of our neighbouring practices, Heathcote Veterinary Centre, in the hope that it would alleviate the symptoms associated with the condition.

Hydrotherapy treatment alongside medical management has made a big difference to Tara’s mobility and well-being, which is why her owners continue to bring her once a month.

She enjoys her sessions a great deal as you can tell from the picture.