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Traditional Surgery or Laser: Deciding Between Two Spaying Techniques

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You can never have too much of a good thing, right? Well, if the good thing you’re talking about is your dog, you might be wrong. Dogs are wonderful companions, and people in Weatherford, Texas love their dogs dearly, but if your dog winds up with a litter of puppies, it can become a major expense in many ways. Paying for the puppies’ care can be expensive, and afterwards, you must find good homes for each of the little ones. Because so many unwanted puppies wind up abandoned or in animal shelters around the Weatherford area, animal rescue groups promote spaying and neutering for pets.

Spaying is the process by which a female dog’s reproductive organs are removed. A veterinarian will give a dog anesthesia and make an incision in the abdomen. Through this incision, the veterinarian will remove the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus. He will then seal up the incision with sutures or surgical tape and allow the dog to wake up slowly from the anesthesia. Recovery takes about two weeks, and though complications are rare, you will need to keep your dog from licking the wounds or being overly active. If the veterinarian used removable stitches, you will need to take your dog back in 9 to 10 days to have the sutures removed.

There are two ways your Weatherford veterinarian may spay your dog. The traditional method uses a scalpel, while a newer method uses a laser for spay surgery. In laser spay surgery, the vet will use a high powered laser beam to make the incision, much like any laser surgery technique used on human beings. Laser spay technology has been available in veterinary colleges for quite some time now, but only recently has it become affordable enough to offer in private offices in the Weatherford area. Laser spay costs a bit more than regular surgical techniques, so that is something to keep in mind when deciding between the two methods.

Because the laser spay technique is relatively new, you also need to make sure that your veterinarian has plenty of knowledge and experience in this method. Having said this, there are huge advantages to laser spaying. First and most importantly, the dog experiences far less pain during recovery. They are also far less likely to fuss with their wounds, which could lead to infection. Laser spay surgery itself is far more sanitary since the heat of the laser kills any bacteria that find their way into the wound.

No matter which method you and your Weatherford veterinarian choose to spay your dog, you can rest assured knowing that you are saving yourself some expense by choosing to spay and setting up your female dog for improved health and better chances for a lengthy lifespan. It’s also good to know that you are doing your part to cut down on animal overpopulation.


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Parker County Veterinary Hospital in Weatherford offers laser spay technology in addition to a variety of other laser surgery procedures. Parker County Veterinary Hospital, led by Dr. Patrick Jarrett, DVM, is Weatherford’s premiere animal care clinic. Dr. Jarrett is a 1975 graduate of Texas A&M Veterinary College with 35 years in practice and a commitment to providing patients with the latest in veterinary care. Though Dr. Jarrett has a wealth of experience with animals of all types and sizes, his current practice focuses on the care of small animals, such as dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, pet mice and rats, and gerbils. To learn more about Parker County Veterinary Hospital, or to schedule an appointment, call 817.596.0909 or visit

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Following the dream of owning his own hospital, Dr. Pat Jarrett purchased the Parker County Veterinary Hospital in 1985. Originally, it was a mixed practice that included all animals. He used to say, “If it walks, crawls, flies or dies, I’ll treat it!” Horse colic’s at 2am, trimming parakeet wings, gluing the cracked shell on a turtle, delivering a two headed calf, midnight c-sections on a 100# female Irish Setter, turning down a request to declaw an African lioness, x-raying a pregnant Iguana, bone platting the fractured leg of a potbelly pig, and removing a rubber ball from a cat’s intestine are just some of the general practice challenges that occurred. Giving in to age and knee problems, Dr. Jarrett limited services to small animals since 1991. His hospital provides veterinary care for dogs, cats, rabbits, and pocket pets such as hamsters, guinea pigs, pet mice/rats, and gerbils.

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