Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Pet Hospital: 01743 465554 / Vet Surgery: 01743 352274

Laparoscopic Bitch Spays


Neutering female dogs (bitch spays) is an important part of the health care of pet dogs, giving benefits such as the prevention of unwanted pregnancies, prevention of pyometra (a potentially life threatening womb infection) and reduction in susceptibility to mammary tumours. The traditional spay operation has become such a common procedure in veterinary practice, that many owners consider it to be a routine procedure. It’s true that, as veterinary surgeons, we are very good at the bitch spay operation, but it is still a full ovariohysterectomy, which is actually quite a major procedure that some dogs take a while to recover from.

Progress has allowed us to improve on the traditional operation. Laparoscopic spays (“lap spays”) are performed by a “keyhole surgery” method, entering the abdomen through small incisions, using fine endoscopes. As long as the uterus (womb) is normal, only the ovaries need to be removed to give the same effect as a full traditional ovariohysterectomy.

The advantage of the lap spay procedure over traditional surgery is that it is minimally invasive. This means that there is a much smaller wound, less post-operative pain and a much quicker return to normal activities for our patients. The only downside is that the lap spay needs special equipment and training, and so does cost more than a normal surgical spay. But we think that you should have the choice of what’s best for you and your pet.

For more information on traditional or lap spays and their prices, please call us on 01743 465554.

Pet Hospital

2 Longbow Close

Tel: 01743 465554

Veterinary Surgery

Maxfield Drive
Off Oteley Road

Tel: 01743 352274