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Eagle Animal Hospital

Laparoscopic Surgery For Dogs

Minimally Invasive, Exploratory Surgery For Dogs

At Eagle Animal Hospital & Pet Resort, our compassionate and experienced team of veterinarians and pet surgeons offers laparoscopic surgery, a state-of-the-art, minimally invasive procedure that is less painful and allows for a quicker, easier recovery. If you want to find out if your dog is a candidate for laparoscopic surgery, please reach out to our Client Care team about this cutting-edge procedure.

Available at our Riverside and Tiffany Springs locations.

Benefits of Laparoscopic Surgery for dogs

  • Minimally invasive abdominal scoping procedure

  • Quicker recovery times

  • Less pain and discomfort post-surgery and during recovery

  • Smaller incisions when compared to traditional procedures

  • Can clearly see internal abdominal structures without large incisions

  • Exploratory surgery with less pain

  • Involves the use of a general anesthesia

  • An optimal alternative procedure for spaying female dogs

  • Quicker surgery times than traditional procedures

  • Reduced risk of post-op infection and other complications with wound healing

  • Can detect health diseases such as cancer or abnormal growth


Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure of the belly allowing veterinarians to explore the abdomen and abdominal organs in dogs. Often referred to as ‘keyhole surgery,’ this type of surgical procedure is typically performed for specific reasons, such as a laparoscopic spay as a minimally invasive alternative to traditional spay procedures in female dogs. Your veterinarian may also recommend an exploratory laparoscopy to view the abdomen in order to detect diseases, such as stomach cancer and other abnormalities. Unlike traditional scalpel-based surgeries, a laparoscopy procedure involves making a small incision to allow a small tubular scope with a tiny camera (laparoscope) to enter the abdomen giving your pet surgeon a close-up view of the abdomen. For surgical procedures, another small incision can then be made to perform the actual surgery, with the scope giving your pet surgeon a clear view of the abdominal surgical site, allowing for quicker, more precise surgeries. Laparoscopy can be performed through a few small incisions, with reduced tissue damage, less pain, and ultimately, a quicker recovery time for your pet.


Laparoscopic surgery is a common, minimally invasive pet surgery that is similar to a gallbladder removal in humans. This procedure can be used as a scoping mechanism to investigate the abdominal cavity, or as a surgical procedure to remove a female dog’s ovaries, to remove a tumor from the stomach, or to prevent bloat (twisting of the stomach). After determining that your pet is a good candidate for laparoscopy, the patient (your pet) will return to our animal hospital to undergo their procedure. Your pet will be given a general anesthesia, meaning they will have to fast for 12-hours prior to their procedure. Once anesthetized, your pet surgeon will begin the abdominal scoping or surgery, depending on the reason for your pet’s procedure. Following the laparoscopy, you dog’s incisions will be sutured. They should wake up with only minor discomfort and typically recover much quicker when compared to other surgeries.

Veterinarians overseeing a laparoscopic surgery

When is a dog a candidate for a Laparoscopic procedure?

Your veterinarian may recommend a laparoscopic procedure for the following reasons:

  • Minimally invasive exploratory scope to view the abdominal cavity close-up.

  • Minimally invasive spay procedure to remove a female dog’s ovaries, rather than the entire reproductive system (ovaries and uterus), which is standard practice in traditional spay procedures involving larger incisions and longer recovery times.

  • To quickly remove a tumor or other abnormal growth with small incisions for less pain and quicker recovery time.

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When you want to give your pet the very best care possible, our kind and experienced veterinarians and medical staff are here for you and your pet. Whether your new puppy needs their core vaccinations, or your cat needs laser therapy to help them recover from surgery, we offer a range of pet wellness services that we tailor to their unique needs. Reach out to our Client Care team to schedule your pet's visit today.