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  • Pet Keyhole Surgery | Pet Referral Services | Alder Vets

For Routine Pet Spaying and Neutering

Pet keyhole surgery, also known as laparoscopy, is a minimally invasive surgical technique used on animals to carry out routine pet spaying and other appropriate procedures. It involves making small incisions using specialised instruments and cameras to remove a pet’s ovaries (ovariectomy). Many of the traditional surgical procedures such as spaying can be now performed laparoscopically.

At Alder Vets, we like to give pet owners the choice of pet keyhole surgery for routine spaying as laparoscopic procedures come with a whole host of benefits for your beloved pet, ensuring they make a quicker and more comfortable recovery.

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Proven Benefits of Pet Keyhole SurgeryA dog after pet keyhole surgery at Alder Vets

Extensive research in human and veterinary medicine shows that laparoscopic procedures offer faster healing times and fewer post-operative complications compared to traditional methods.

The benefits for your pets include:

  • Reduced Pain: Pets experience less discomfort post-surgery.
  • Faster Recovery: Pets can return to their normal activities more quickly.
  • Clear View: The camera provides a clear view of the internal organs, unlike some open surgeries.
  • Lower Risk of Complications: Smaller incisions mean a reduced chance of wound damage and infection.
  • Less Nerve Stimulation: Inserting instruments directly to the organs reduces nerve stimulation.
  • Better for Active Pets: Ideal for young, energetic dogs who might struggle with extended periods of rest.

Why Choose Pet Keyhole Surgery?

After a keyhole procedure, dogs still need to be kept on a lead, but the smaller incisions significantly reduce the risk of wound complications.

While the procedure does require shaving a bit more fur and is slightly more expensive due to the specialised equipment and expertise involved, the benefits far outweigh these minor inconveniences.

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Versatile Applications

Keyhole surgery isn't just for spaying. Other procedures such as cryptorchid castration (removal of retained testicles), gastropexy (preventing gastric dilation and twisting in large dogs), cystoscopy (bladder examination), and organ biopsies can also be performed laparoscopically. These procedures are safer for unwell pets and result in less discomfort.

When to Neuter Your Dog

Female dogs: Can be neutered from six months of age. We recommend spaying before their first season, although in some breeds, waiting longer may be advised.

Post-season neutering: If your dog has already started having seasons, we need to wait three months after a season before safely proceeding with spaying.

Additional Information

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, and pets can usually go home the same day. Due to the specialised equipment and extensive training required for laparoscopic surgery, the cost is slightly higher than traditional spaying procedures. However, the enhanced safety and comfort for your pet make it a worthwhile investment.

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We are always here for you and your pet. If you have any further questions or need more information, please don't hesitate to contact us at 01483 536036. Choose pet keyhole surgery at Alder Vets for a safer, more comfortable surgical experience for your pet.


Alder Veterinary Practice

Unit B

Queen Elizabeth Park

Railton Road




Telephone: 01483 536036

Email: [email protected]

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