Laparoscopic spays and other laparoscopic procedures now available at Eglinton Vet!

We are very proud that Eglinton Vet is now one of only three clinics in the GTA to offer the option of having your dog or cat's spay performed laparoscopically! Please see the link at the bottom of this page which will take you to a video of our doctor performing a laparoscopic spay.

Laparoscopy involves the use of a fibre optic telescope and camera to visualize areas within our patients. Although typically used for abdominal procedures such as a spay, we may also use it to visualize the nasal cavity and ears (otoscopy). This technology is relatively new to veterinary medicine, however, it is used when possible in human medicine to eliminate the need for open abdominal surgery.  Our team of veterinarians, led by Dr. Natasha Nofal has made the commitment to this technology as we feel that laparoscopy offers benefits in a number of situations to prevent or manage illness in our patients.

Our laparoscopic equipment allows access to the abdomen via one small incision, only 11mm in size. The spay procedure can then be performed completely through this small incision, by manipulating internal tissues which are visualized on a computer monitor under magnification.

The most common procedure that we will be performing with the laparoscope is the spay.

Laparoscopic spays are believed to be less painful due to the small incision size, as well as the way that the spay itself is performed. Using the laparoscope, tissues are identified and cauterized prior to being cut, rather than being torn as during a traditional spay. Direct manipulation and cauterization of blood vessels results in less trauma to nerves (fewer pain sensations) and minimal bleeding. In fact, it was concluded in a study in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association that laparoscopic spays are associated with up to 65% less pain than traditional spays. 

Performing spays in this way allows us to send your pet home the same day (now a day surgery instead requiring an overnight stay). The small incision also means that your pet can return to normal activity in as little as 2-3 days and will likely not need to wear an elizabeathan collar (hurray!).

Along with spays, Dr. Nofal is also able to perform prophylactic gastropexies (a surgery to prevent bloat in large breed dogs), biopsies of liver/intestines and removal of bladder stones using the laparoscope.

Please call or come in to ask about this innovative, non-invasive form of surgery for your pet. Our team would be happy to answer any questions or to book a consultation with one of our doctors.