A Guide to Ovariectomy

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If you’re thinking about getting your female dog neutered, then it’s important to know that there are different options for the surgery.

As progressive leaders in the small animal veterinary industry, we want to give you all the available variations for neutering.

So, what are your choices and what’s best for your pet?

What is an Ovariectomy?

In an ovariectomy, only the ovaries of a pet are removed. This differs from an ovariohysterectomy, in which the ovaries, the uterine horns and a small part of the uterus are removed.

In both types, the heat cycle in the female pet will be permanently ceased as a result of the surgery.

Is an Ovariectomy better for my pet than the alternatives?

There is scientific research to suggest that there is very little difference between the two.

However, in terms of pet comfort, ovariectomies are quicker, less invasive and should be less painful for your pets. They also reduce the surgery time, and allow for a smaller incision, lessening the risks of your pet developing a post-operative problem.

This is not to suggest that Ovariohysterectomies offer the poorer substitute, as modern veterinary surgery is efficient, effective and designed to offer the lowest level of pain for the pet. All pets will be offered comprehensive post-operative care to minimise any discomfort.

What should my pet have?

Please speak to your vet about what is best for your particular pet. They will be able to advise you on your options and whether your pet would benefit from a particular procedure.

It could be that, if your pet is older or has previously had litters, we will advise a complete ovariohysterectomy. We also suggest this if there is any possibility of an abnormality in the uterus.

Why should I get my pet neutered?

Unless you’re planning to breed from your pet, we would advise that they be neutered.

Neutering has significant health benefits for female dogs, including reducing the possibility of them suffering from breast cancer or a pyomtera, which is a potentially deadly infection of the uterus.

We now offer canine neutering via laparoscopic surgery (keyhole) at a number of our centres. Please speak to your vet about whether this is suitable for your dog. You can find your local Medivet by using our online practice finder.

The next step:

To speak to a member of staff about the procedure or book an appointment, please use our online practice finder to call your local Medivet. Please be aware that we will perform canine spaying either prior to your dog’s first season or mid-way between two seasons for health reasons. 

Posted November 27, 2015 by Sarah Allen in Preventative Healthcare

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