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Laparoscopic spay

I am researching spay for LoLa although it will be a few months before the procedure. I am leaning toward a laparoscopic spay rather than the traditional. I would appreciate any input from the forum on the subject.

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yes, less invasive , faster recovery.
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I agree, Pixel had a laparoscopic ovariectomy. (meaning that they only take the ovaries, not the uterus) I did a lot of research, and decided this was the best choice for her.

One thing to keep in mind, however, is that it is also LARGELY the experience of the surgeon in terms of which is the better option. I checked into a NUMBER of veterinary hospitals, and got LOTS of recommendations before choosing. The place I went does close to 1000 of these procedures a year. If I had to chose between a traditional spay by a very experienced surgeon who had worked on a lot of toy breed dogs, I'd chose that any day over a surgeon or practice new to laparoscopy.
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I want to underscore what Karen said about finding a vet with experience with laparoscopic surgery on small dogs. When this subject came up a year or so ago, I did some websurfing and found a variety of vet websites "boasting" about ability to do it on small dogs; others with size limits. I couldn't find any good explanations or research data, so I went to some European vet sources, where it is a much more common procedure and it appeared they had more clinical data. There were good discussions of the difficulties with smaller dogs because of limited room to move the equipment around. The bottom line seemed to be it was in Europe a no brainer on larger dogs that it was the way to go but proceed more carefully with little ones.

I then found some precautionary notes elsewhere about the cost of the equipment and the need to get a number of patients to recoup the investment...I didn't like the feel of some of the websites I saw where they seemed to be trying to recruit patients rather than offering a service to their patients. So proceed with caution and make sure you have confidence that they actually have experience with little dogs like Havanese


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I want to underscore what Karen said about finding a vet with experience with laparoscopic surgery on small dogs. When this subject came up a year or so ago, I did some websurfing and found a variety of vet websites "boasting" about ability to do it on small dogs; others with size limits. I couldn't find any good explanations or research data, so I went to some European vet sources, where it is a much more common procedure and it appeared they had more clinical data. There were good discussions of the difficulties with smaller dogs because of limited room to move the equipment around. The bottom line seemed to be it was in Europe a no brainer on larger dogs that it was the way to go but proceed more carefully with little ones.

I then found some precautionary notes elsewhere about the cost of the equipment and the need to get a number of patients to recoup the investment...I didn't like the feel of some of the websites I saw where they seemed to be trying to recruit patients rather than offering a service to their patients. So proceed with caution and make sure you have confidence that they actually have experience with little dogs like Havanese.
YES!!! I forgot to mention the size issue. The place I went said their cut-off, size-wise is generally about 10 lbs. That put Pixel slightly under, but when they examined her, they said that because she was a Havanese, and they have longer bodies than other breeds at 10 lbs, that they would have enough room to work. Remember the tools don't change size with the size of the dog!

And, yes, laparoscopic spays tend to be a bit more expensive than traditional spays. I have friends who paid quite a bit more when they had their girls done, but it was a number of years ago, when the equipment and technique were newer, and places still felt the need to pay off their equipment costs. Pixel's procedure was about $100 more than a traditional spay, something that I felt was well worth it!
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