Craig Dobson Laparoscopy


Laparoscopy, also known as keyhole surgery, is a minimally invasive technique that can speed up your pet’s recovery.

At Moorview, we always strive to be at the forefront of veterinary care and we can now offer laparoscopy as an alternative to traditional surgery for some procedures. Laparoscopy (Keyhole) surgery is a minimally invasive technique common in human surgery, and we are delighted to be able to offer this option for a speedier recovery for your pet.

Laparoscopy allows for internal structures of the abdomen to be magnified and displayed on a monitor. A camera inserted through a small incision in the abdomen allows for a comprehensive and often more precise examination of abdominal organs.

Advantages of laparoscopy

o Smaller wounds, therefore faster wound healing

o Decreased risk of wound infection

o Decreased postoperative pain

o Quicker return to normal activity (especially relevant to working dogs, guide dogs or very active dogs)

o Visualisation is greatly improved allowing the whole abdomen to be examined through a 5mm hole (portal). The surgical view is also magnified.

o Decreased surgical time

Commonly performed laparoscopic surgeries

Commonly performed laparoscopic surgeries include:

o Neutering – ovariectomy, cryptorchid castration (retained testicle).

o Biopsy – liver, pancreas, kidney, lung lobe, lymph node

o Gastropexy – can be done at the same time as a spay to prevent gastric torsion (twisted stomach in at risk large breed dogs such as Great Danes)

o Exploratory abdominal surgery

o Thoracic exploration including operations on the lining of the heart and lungs.

Bitch spays

Laparoscopic spays are a new technique for removing the ovaries in female dogs.

The procedure is performed through three small incisions in the abdomen rather than one large incision. It offers a less painful, faster healing alternative to traditional spays. Our surgical team use the same equipment that is used in human hospitals and inserts a tiny camera into the incision. With the internal organs displayed on a TV monitor we can simply, effectively and delicately remove the ovaries, avoiding the removal of the whole uterus, as is the case with traditional spaying techniques.

Research has shown there is no significant long term difference between removing the ovaries alone, compared to removing them with the uterus. A pyometra (infection of the uterus, common in older un-neutered females) will only occur if ovaries are present to release hormones.

In most cases your pet will be able to engage in exercise just two days after the procedure.

We do charge a little extra for this specialised surgery, but we feel the benefits of a faster recovery with less discomfort really are worth it.

Ask a member of the team about laparoscopy today.

Please note

This procedure is not available under the Dog’s Trust voucher scheme.
It may not be suitable for very obese dogs and very small dogs (less than 10 kg).


Our experienced team of veterinarians and nurses can carry out a range of procedures in an ever-growing number of disciplines. From internal medicine to complex surgical procedures, we have the knowledge and the expertise to get your pet back on all four paws.


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