We strongly advise that all female dogs are neutered unless you wish to breed from them later. Not only does neutering prevent unwanted pregnancies, but it also reduces the risk of potentially fatal infections of the uterus and cancer of the mammary glands.
Our philosophy at Vet4Life is to invest in the best equipment and training to ensure that the care we provide is always second to none. We are proud to be one of only a small number of practices carrying out spays using keyhole surgery. This fantastic procedure has a number of significant benefits:
- Less pain for the animal
- Faster recovery
- Minimal scarring due to the very small incision required (less than 1cm in diameter!)
A female spay involves removing the ovaries under a general anaesthetic, and your pet will normally be able to come home the same day. Studies suggest that spaying bitches before their first season can significantly reduce the incidence of mammary tumours and therefore we usually recommend spaying early, from the age of five months.
This video shows a keyhole bitch spay (don’t watch if you are squeamish!):
If you’d like to discuss any aspects of keyhole surgery or feel a keyhole spay may be best for your pet, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our numbers are 0208 977 3955 (Teddington), 01932 229 900 (Shepperton) and 0208 390 5270 (Surbiton).
We are currently offering £25 off keyhole spays if you print the voucher.