Laparoscopic (Keyhole) Desexing | Glen Iris Vet

The Laparoscopic Spey, also known as keyhole spey, is the future of veterinary medicine.  

At Glen Iris Vet Hospital we recommend desexing pets for a number of health and behavioural reasons, and so are proud to be able to offer this service- ensuring our clients have options when it comes to treatments for their pet!

The Laparoscopic Spey is performed using laparoscopic equipment, which drastically reduces the size of the incision needed for a spey procedure. This results in much less post-operative pain, faster recovery and less wound complications. 

Dr Jason Rapke has performed over 200 laparoscopic spey procedures and is one of the most experienced Lap Spey surgeons in the state. 


Benefits of a Keyhole Spey 

•    Significantly less pain post-operatively
•    Faster recovery from surgery
•    Less post-operative wound complications, particularly in active dogs
•    All the organs in the abdomen can be examined during the procedure
•    Faster return to normal exercise and activity levels


ls it the same procedure as a Traditional Spey?

The Keyhole Spey involves removal of the ovaries (ovariectomy), and we also have an option of ovariohysterectomy which is removal of both the uterus and ovaries. Studies have shown NO increased risk of uterine infections (pyometra) or breast cancer (mammary tumours) in dogs that have had the ovaries removed, compared to those that have had the uterus and ovaries removed. Hence, many surgeons now believe there is no need  to remove the uterus during a spey procedure.

What is the cost of the Keyhole Spey?                            

The Keyhole Spey costs approximately $400 more than the traditional spey.

This is a small price to pay for the enormous benefits of this procedure, and to know that your pet will go home happier and in less pain from their spey procedure.

Can Cats have a keyhole spey?

Yes! We now perform Laparascopic Desexing on cats as well as dogs.

Click HERE to download our Keyhole Spey brochure!

For more information, please contact us at Glen Iris Veterinary Hospital & Cattery.

We are conveniently in the City of Stonnington and Glen Eira. The pawfect location for pet parents living in Glen Iris, Malvern, Toorak, Kooyong, Armadale and surrounding areas!