Colorado State University Seeks Female Dogs For Study of Minimally-Invasive Spay Surgeries

Colorado State University veterinarians are seeking a limited number of female dogs for a temporary free spay service as part of a study on minimally-invasive surgery techniques. The study will examine different techniques to determine the best ways to minimize pain and discomfort and speed recovery.

Minimally invasive surgery is a relatively new field in veterinary medicine; in 2007, the university’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital was the first veterinary hospital in the nation to teach students the minimally invasive surgery techniques. Since that time, minimally-invasive spays have become more common in veterinary clinics, but more research is needed – such as this research project – to determine the best techniques for pain reduction.

Minimally invasive surgery is performed through small incisions with a small endoscope. This surgery technique provides advantages to the animal such as small incision size and shorter recovery time with less pain. Some surgeries can be performed with greater precision than with traditional techniques. There is also a reduced risk of infection and other complications.

A small number of less than 25 female dogs will be accepted for the procedure. Dogs must be 6 months to 1 year old and weigh at least 25 pounds and must meet several other criteria to qualify.

All surgeries will take place between Aug. 31 and Oct. 12, and no surgeries will be conducted on Labor Day. Participating dogs will stay at the hospital for one night. All dogs will receive routine spay care, including appropriate anesthesia and after-surgery care and pain treatment.

Several years ago, Colorado State University created the Veterinary Endoscopy Society, a professional organization devoted to the advancement of minimally invasive veterinary surgery.

To consult with a veterinarian about whether an animal qualifies for this minimally invasive surgery study at Colorado State, call the James L. Voss Veterinary Medical Center at (970) 221-4535.