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Features January 2018 Issue

Should the Spay Be Performed Traditionally or Laparoscopically?

Whether performed traditionally or laparoscopically, the post-operative pain of a spay is minimal compared to the post-operative pain of some other surgeries.

Should the Spay Be Performed Traditionally or Laparoscopically?

A new option for removing a dog's ovaries can cut down on post-operative pain to some degree but costs more.

After careful consideration of the pros and cons of spaying, you’ve decided to have the procedure performed on your dog. Yes, some evidence has been coming to light that spaying could potentially increase the risk for certain cancers, including lymphoma, mast cell tumors, and bone cancer. But a lot of that evidence, while suggestive, remains preliminary at this point.

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