Please see attached information regarding FDA investigation between certain diets and Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy.

Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure in which a camera (laparoscope) is introduced into the abdominal cavity through a tiny incision. It allows a veterinarian to see inside the abdomen without having to make a large incision. Surgical instruments may also be introduced in this manner.

Here at VCA Chatoak Animal Hospital, laparoscopic surgery’s primary application is in spaying female pets, but it also is used for internal biopsies, neutering male dogs with retained (cryptorchid) testicles, and gastropexy to prevent gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV - a life-threatening condition in large dogs where the stomach twists and bloats).

Laparoscopic Surgery Provides Profound Benefits

  • Less pain—less tearing and bruising, especially in the case of spay procedures. Estimated to be 65% less painful than traditional spays.
  • Improved visibility for the surgeon—camera magnified views of the organs allow for greater surgical precision.
  • Faster recovery—studies show that pets are 70% more active in the first three days after surgery compared to traditional surgery.
  • No need for external stitches or irritating protective cones.
  • Faster surgical time and your pet can go home the same day—a shorter procedure and having your pet home the same day reduces stress and anxiety for both pet and owner.
  • Superior method of confirming diagnosis for ailing pets—this less invasive method is especially better suited for pets already frail from cancer or other diseases

Unfortunately, not every surgical procedure can be performed laparoscopically. If your pet needs surgery, discuss with your veterinarian what surgical options are the best for your pet. Your veterinarian is the best judge of what procedures can be done with laparoscopy.

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