We appreciate that deciding to have your female dog desexed is a major decision for you to make. Our professional and sympathetic team here at Normanhurst Vet Practice are always ready to talk you through the benefits of such a procedure. We can also help you decide when it is most appropriate to desex your pet, and what you can expect both on the day of the procedure and in the following days after the surgery. Now Normanhurst Vet Practice offers keyhole desexing as an alternative to routine desexing.
Why is it important to consider keyhole desexing?
Providing your female dog is over 5kg in weight, then keyhole desexing, often referred to as an ovariectomy, is an increasingly turned to method of performing the procedure. We know that your wish will be for your pet to undergo a procedure that involves as little invasive surgery as possible. Routine desexing procedures remove the targeted area from the body and then perform surgery while the tissues are on it outside. Because the keyhole procedure is less invasive, it allows your dog to suffer less post-operative pain, the recovery period is likely to be completed more quickly, and she can then get back to the normal, active life that you both so enjoy.
What are the main benefits of keyhole desexing?
By choosing our keyhole desexing procedure, there are four key benefits to be gained:
1. There is a standard surgical incision compared to routine desexing where a longer wound might be needed, especially for larger dogs.
2. At Normanhurst Vet Practice, we use only one standard incision. It is worth noting that some keyhole techniques require more than one surgical incision, one for the keyhole camera and others for the surgical instruments. The technique that we use at Normanhurst Vet Practice requires only one surgical incision.
3. Less internal trauma, bruising and bleeding during the procedure, thanks to the use of cautery, where a heated instrument is used to stop bleeding and prevent infection, rather than suture material and a series of stitches being used to tie the blood vessels.
4. Keyhole desexing creates less tissue trauma compared to routine desexing. Keyhole procedures remove only your dog’s ovaries, whereas standard desexing procedures also removes the uterus. By solely removing the ovaries, as occurs with the keyhole surgery, there will be all of the same benefits as a routine desexing where the uterus is also removed.
Taking the next step towards keyhole desexing for your female dog
There are a variety of considerations before undertaking such a procedure, including the age and size of your dog. You may well also have more questions to ask.
We really understand this can be an anxious decision to make, although one that is often vital for the health, well-being, and ongoing happiness of your pet. Matt and Victoria, our experienced and sympathetic vets (and dog owners) here at the Normanhurst Vet Practice, will always be happy to discuss the situation with you and make careful recommendations.