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Neutering & Keyhole Bitch Spay

Learn about the benefits of neutering

Routine Neutering

At Alma Veterinary Hospital we highly recommend neutering your pets.

Neutering your male pet (known as castration) involves the removal of both testicles. Neutering your female pet (known as spaying) involves the removal of just the ovaries in a laparoscopic or keyhole spay, and both the uterus and ovaries in a routine or conventional spay.

These surgical procedures are performed under general anaesthetic and involve your pet spending the day with us at the hospital.

Keyhole Bitch Spays

At Alma we are fully equipped with a wide range of endoscopic and endosurgical equipment and are proud to offer this specialist service to our clients.

There are many benefits to a keyhole spay compared to a conventional spay:

  • It is less invasive for the patient, resulting in a reduction in post operative pain and therefore a quicker recovery with a shorter period of exercise restriction (48 hours rather than 10 days).
  • There is less risk of haemorrhage with a closer inspection of the whole abdomen.
  • Only the ovaries are removed during a keyhole spay, whereas both the uterus and ovaries are removed during a routine spay. Research has shown no advantages to removing the uterus and there is no risk of a pyometra (infection of the uterus).
  • Only two very small 0.5cm and 1cm incisions are made with a keyhole spay and the surgeon is able to effectively remove the ovaries through these small holes in the abdomen. In a conventional spay a 6-7cm abdominal incision is made.

Neutering your pet can prevent a number of problems in both males and females:


  • Testicular Tumours
  • Prostate problems
  • Urine marking/spraying
  • Behavioural problems
  • Wandering looking for a mate


  • Unwanted pregnancies
  • Pyometra (uterine infection)
  • Mammary tumours
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Phantom pregnancies


For more information about neutering or to book your pet in for the procedure please contact our surgery on 01753 858893.

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