The effect of laparoscopic versus open ovariectomy on postsurgical activity in small dogs

Vet Surg. 2009 Oct;38(7):811-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2009.00572.x.


Objective: To describe a technique for laparoscopic ovariectomy (LapOVE) in small dogs, and compare the surgical time, complications, and postoperative activity of dogs undergoing LapOVE to those undergoing conventional traditional open ovariectomy (OOVE).

Study design: A randomized, controlled clinical trial.

Animals: Intact small breed (<10 kg) female dogs (n=20).

Methods: Ventral median celiotomy was performed for OOVE. A 2-midline portal technique using a 3.5 mm laparoscope port and a 6 mm instrument portal was used for LapOVE. An accelerometer was attached to the collar of each dog to record 24-hour preoperative and 48-hour postoperative activity. Total activity counts recorded before surgery were compared with total counts recorded after surgery. The percent change in counts after surgery was compared between OOVE- and LapOVE-treated dogs.

Results: No major complications occurred and surgical time for LapOVE was significantly longer than for OOVE cases (P=.005). Dogs in the LapOVE group had a 25% decrease in total activity counts after surgery (95% confidence interval [CI]: 11-38%), whereas dogs in the OOVE group had a 62% decrease in total activity counts after surgery (95% CI: 48-76%).

Conclusions: Both procedures were performed with reasonable surgical times and without major complication. Postoperative activity, as measured by accelerometry, was significantly different between the 2 groups.

Clinical relevance: Laparoscopy is a safe method for ovariectomy in small dogs and results in increased postoperative activity counts when compared with an open technique.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Body Size
  • Dogs*
  • Female
  • Laparoscopy / veterinary*
  • Motor Activity / physiology*
  • Ovariectomy / methods
  • Ovariectomy / veterinary*
  • Postoperative Period*