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    Lapro Spay

    Well I took my Mini Schnauzers to be spayed yesterday. I finally got in touch with the right doctors at the UGA Small animal hospital in Athens Georgia. They did the laproscopic minimal invasive ovarectomy that I was seeking. I can hardly wait to go pick them up on Friday. They called me and said they did fine and were a little hungry tonight. I will have a hard time keeping them calm for the next few days, but the house just isn't the same with them gone. While I was there 2 more Mini Schnauzers came in the waiting room and it got to be a howling, squealing bonanza for a brief time. David

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    Cool! I wondered if you'd ever find a vet who would do it that way. Did it cost about the same as, or just a little bit more than, a regular spay? Let us know how they do.....recovery time, etc.
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    They did the spay on both puppies on May 29, it was my birthday and not a very good one, since I was worried about the dogs. Anyway they call you after the surgery and a couple of times a day to report in for each dog and tell you how it went. They kept them overnight, because the second one didn't go in till about 4:00pm that day. Well I went to pick them up the next day at about 3:00pm and they were very excited to see me and acted like nothing had happened to them. They gave me some pain medication to take home with each puppy. They have 2 small incisions along the center of their stomach about 3/8inch long. On Sophie you almost cannot see the little scar. On Sunny she had her umbilical cord hernia repaired too, so one of the scars is probably a 1/2" long. Both are doing great, it is Sunday and now they want to play and rough house with each other. Sunny acted a little odd for a couple of days. I guess for the anethsia or the fact that she had been in heat for the past 3 weeks. They said it was ok to do her spay too, and wouldn't be a problem. She have been going through some hormone problems. She is acting more normal on Sunday. The dogs recovery was almost instant when they came home. They are already back to normal now. As far as cost it is a lot more expensive than a regular spay.Not just any vet will do just an ovarectomy. One of the vets at UGA I talked with said it is slowly changing in the USA>taking everything out. The vets in Europe have been doing just ovarectomies for a while now and they have found that they are less stress on the dog, less invasive,less chance for incontainance,and faster recovery for the animal. I think all of that is true. As far as the cost goes, I think it was worth it to me as I was going to have to find a way to take them on a trip to get it done. This way it was done up the street with the finest equipped animal hospital and up to date animal surgeons around. They have been teaching the procedure to vets around the USA for awhile now. I couldn't believe none of the graduates stayed in Ga. David

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    Is Lapro Spray expensive? How much did it cost you?
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    The cost depends on where you live and the vets available that can perform a lapro spay. After much research>6 months scouring the internet, I found various prices around the country.
    There are vets in Cal.,Colo,Ind,Ill,NJ,NY,MD.,Canada,New Zealand,England and across Europe doing the surgery. The prices varied from $300 to$1000. They are generally trained at UGA, Purdue and a couple of other universities. My daughter had a friend in the vet program at UGA and I got him to talk with the head of laproscopic surgery. They have done the procedure(lapro ovarectomy) on lions at Zoo Atlanta. My vet does a regular spay for $150 the old fashioned way. I wanted a lapro ovarectomy which very few vets in the USA are doing cost me $600 a dog and I had 2 to do. That was fixing a hernia on one dog too. I had to have it my way and it generally is gonna cost more,especially when you are hard headed. I wanted the best procedure and the fastest recovery time and thats what I got. I'm happy, the puppies were back to normal 2 days afterward and their hair is growing back. The 2 little 3/8 inch scars haven't impaired their female figure as you can't hardly see them, David

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    Ok that brings me to a question...that might seem a bit weird.
    Will they still come in heat? I know on humans when they do a tubal ligation they still have a period (I just talked to my doctor about this the other day) it's not quite the same since they do leave the ovaries intact for homonal reasons...but will your pups go through the lack of hormones or will they still have heats?
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    I'm pretty sure that they won't go into heat, because the ovaries were taken out....it's the uterus that's left intact. That's the way they do it in Europe. I'd be afraid of pyo, but the ovarectomy proponents say that they don't get pyo once the hormones are removed. Personally, I don't have a problem with traditional spays, if you can find the right vet. I know a vet that does very tidy spays with tiny incisions, and the dogs recover pretty fast, too. Other vets basically rip 'em stem from stern......ugh.
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    Willowy is right, they won't go into heat, since they don't have the hormones. Without the hormones the chance of getting pyro is pretty slim. They both had one heat cycle so I figured it was time to get it done. I talked with one of the doctors at UGA and she said that vets are slowly changing their view of an ovarectomy spay. She agreed with the studies that in her opinion taking out everything is not needed in all cases.Here is a site of a vet in Texas that has been doing it for awhile, I called and talked with them at one time>
    http://www.coppellvet.vetsuite.com/T...t.aspx?Id=1233

    My girls were back to normal in 2 days. It has been 9 days now and you'd never knew they had been to the hospital the way they were playing today. I knew they would not be calm for very long and that is one of the reasons I wanted the lapro spay procedure, David

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    I had never heard of this...that's so cool! I think I would pay the extra money if I didn't have such a fabulous clinic available to me. I know they would take extra care of any female they spayed. But thanks for the advice.

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