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Laser Spay or Traditional Spay - Which is better?

When it comes to spaying pets, the choice between laser spay and traditional spay methods can be difficult to understand. Both have benefits and drawbacks, and understanding these is essential to making an informed decision. In this blog post, our vets will discuss laser neutering, compare laser spay vs. traditional spay treatments, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each procedure.

What is laser spay?

Laser spay, also known as laser neutering, is a modern surgical procedure that uses a laser to make incisions instead of a scalpel. This technique is relatively new and has gained popularity for its perceived benefits.

What is a traditional spay?

Traditional spaying is the conventional method of spaying, in which a veterinarian uses a scalpel to make incisions and remove the reproductive organs. This technique has been used for many years and is well-established in veterinary medicine.

Laser Spay vs Traditional Spay: Benefits and Disadvantages

Laser Spaying

In laser surgeries, veterinarians use hot or cold lasers instead of traditional scalpels. Some veterinarians believe that using a laser during surgery helps reduce the risk of infection and speeds up recovery time. The laser cauterizes blood vessels by vaporizing cells and " cutting" through tissues.

Many vets feel that the benefits of laser spaying are:

  • Decreased levels of pain in the immediate post-operative period.
  • Reduced bleeding to the cauterization of blood vessels as the laser beam cuts through the tissues.
  • Decreased risk of infection due to the superheating of the tissues at the incision site, which helps destroy bacteria present during surgery.
  • There is less swelling at the surgical site.

Using lasers instead of a scalpel can provide surgeons with great precision. However, like traditional surgery with a scalpel, laser surgery carries risks. While lasers may cause less pain than scalpels, laser surgery still has the potential to be painful and may result in hemorrhage, although this is rare. Laser procedures are generally more expensive, and not all veterinary clinics offer laser spaying.

Traditional Spaying

Some veterinarians prefer using lasers for surgeries, while others still opt for a scalpel. Scalpels are used for many procedures, and vets are skilled at using them. It's important to note that spaying is one of the most common veterinary surgeries, and most vets become very skilled at performing spaying procedures.

Benefits of traditional spay include:

  • Readily available at most veterinary hospitals.
  • It often costs less than laser spaying.
  • Proven technique 

Hemorrhage is uncommon when a skilled veterinary surgeon spays a pet. Using a laser instead of a scalpel does not prevent or stop the type of bleeding that can occur as a complication during spays. The drawbacks of traditional spaying can result in increased pain and discomfort, longer recovery time, and a higher risk of infection.

Which is Better?

The decision between laser spay and traditional spay depends on several factors, such as your budget, your pet's health, and the procedure's availability in your area. Laser spaying might be the better option if you prioritize a procedure with potentially less pain and faster recovery and are willing to pay a higher price. However, if cost is a major concern and you prefer a well-established method, traditional spay remains a reliable choice.

Helping Your Pet Recover Comfortably From Spay Surgery

Whether you choose to have your pet spayed with a laser or traditionally, your pet will need some time to recover.

Here are tips for a safe and comfortable recovery:

  • Provide your pet with a quiet place to recover indoors and away from other animals.
  • Reduce your pet's activity level for about two weeks following surgery, or as long as your veterinarian recommends.
  • Prevent your pet from licking the incision site. Licking could cause an infection. A veterinary 'cone' or a post-surgical t-shirt can help prevent this.
  • Do not bathe your pet or allow them to swim for at least ten days after surgery.
  • Check the incision site daily in order to monitor healing and watch for early signs of infection.

If you notice any redness, swelling, or discharge at the surgery site, or if the incision has opened up, please contact your veterinarian. Also, be sure to get in touch with your vet if your pet is lethargic, has a decreased appetite, is vomiting, has diarrhea, or if you have any other concerns following their spay surgery.

Whatever type of spay surgery you choose for your pet, remember that the overall benefits of spaying far outweigh the risks involved in this surgery. If you are concerned about the risks of spaying your female animal, contact your vet for further information and their recommendations on which type of spaying is right for your pet.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

If you are ready to have your dog or cat spayed or neutered, contact our vets in Denver today to book an appointment.

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