Pet Health

Laparoscopic Spays: How They Are Beneficial

In general, the process of a spay decreases the number of unwanted litters to control the cat and dog population. The process may benefit you as well since it curbs undesirable behaviors in your female pet.

The traditional spay process requires a lengthy surgical incision to access your pet’s female reproductive parts, which is concerning for many pet owners. On the other hand, laparoscopic spays only require small holes and offers benefits to pets and owners alike.

Smaller Incision Size 

A laparoscopic spay doesn’t require a lengthy incision like a traditional spay. A traditional spay surgery requires a five to 10 cm incision. As for a laparoscopic spay our vet makes one to three tiny incisions. The size of the incisions varies from .32 to 1.27 cm long, on average. The size of your pet affects the incision sizes.

The incisions made during laparoscopic procedures act as locations to insert a small camera and other tiny tools to perform the procedure. The vet conducts the entire surgery through these sites and never has to gain full access to your pet’s reproductive organs through a large incision.

Less Chance of Infection

A veterinarian takes all the necessary precautions to reduce your pet’s chance of infection during any type of surgical procedure. For example, they will use proper sterilization techniques to minimize the risk of infection.

However, even using the proper techniques, your pet is still at risk for an infection setting in the incision. Most infections are mild, but your pet could experience a serious, possibly life-threatening one.

When your pet has a laparoscopic spay, the likelihood of infection setting in is less than if she experienced a traditional spay procedure.

Less Pain After Surgery

You probably understand the significance of a spay, although you may still struggle to watch your pet in pain after the procedure. Fortunately, pets who have a laparoscopic procedure generally experience less pain than they would have if they underwent a traditional spay.

Research indicates a pet has 65 percent less pain during recovery from a laparoscopic surgery when compared to a traditional one. So she’ll have less of a need for pain medications since she’ll more than likely have less pain from the laparoscopic procedure.

Overall, your pet may benefit from a laparoscopic spay procedure because of less pain and a smoother recovery time. Plus, as a pet owner, you may have less stress taking care of your pet as they recover.

Contact 1st Pet Veterinary Centers, serving Chandler, Mesa, North Valley, and the surrounding Arizona area, to schedule your pet’s laparoscopic spay or to learn more about our other services.