The operation is performed through 2 small incisions (each around 0.5 to 1.2cm) as compared to the larger incision (6-15cm) required for a traditional bitch spay. One incision is for a tiny camera (called a laparoscope), which displays a magnified image on a monitor, giving a clear view of the abdomen. The other small incision is for long slender instruments that allow the surgeon to remove the dog’s ovaries.
In a conventional bitch spay, the ligaments which connect the ovaries to the abdomen wall have to be stretched and then cut or torn, which causes significant pain. With the keyhole technique however, these ligaments can simply be cauterised then cut, and this greatly reduces the post-operative pain.
Due to the positioning of the instruments used, it is necessary to clip an area of fur on both the sides and underneath the belly, to ensure that the area is sterile. Both of the small incisions are closed with stitches that are under the skin, so there is nothing for your dog to chew and no need for a “Lampshade” collar.
We know how difficult it is to keep bouncy young dogs rested. A further advantage is that after a keyhole spay we recommend restricting your dog to lead exercise for just two days, considerably less than the 10 days needed for traditional spays. Most dogs are very comfortable after their keyhole spay but to ensure their comfort, we administer appropriate pain-relieving medication before their operation.