Are you concerned about desexing a dog with Von Willebrand disease or Factor VII deficiency?

Dogs with these conditions are prone to excessive bleeding due to abnormal clotting mechanisms.  It is important to perform an ovariectomy/ovariohysterectomy on these patients to decrease the risk of bleeding during normal oestrus.

At the U-Vet Hospital, we use a laparoscopic (keyhole surgery) approach to perform the surgery in the most minimally invasive way to reduce the risks of bleeding and complications.

In these patients we determine their blood type and produce appropriate blood product with the help of our Blood bank service (e.g., Cryoprecipitate).

We use these products to transfuse the patient prior to performing laparoscopic ovariectomy/ovariohysterectomy. After the procedure the patient is put into recovery and monitored in ICU overnight.

Laparoscopic procedures for the small animal surgery referral team at U-Vet is a routine procedure and takes approximately the same amount of time and recovery is quicker.

Images: Our surgeons performing a laparoscopy procedure.

To find out more, please contact the Small animal surgery coordinator at

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