Laparoscopy Services for Pets

Laparoscopy (keyhole surgery) is a less invasive surgical procedure that allows us to operate on your pet without making large incisions. Instead of traditional open abdominal procedures that might be a more painful recovery for your furry friend, laparoscopy provides less downtime. Depending on the procedure, our veterinary team will discuss if your pet is the right fit for laparoscopy.

Which procedures are performed with laparoscopic surgery?

Laparoscopy is a helpful diagnostic tool, which might be used for biopsies, visual observations and help rule out disease or cancer. Other procedures it might be helpful with are:

  • Removing bladders stones or masses
  • Spaying
  • Examining internal organs with exploratory surgery
  • Diagnosing torn ligaments in a joint
  • Stomach-taking in larger dogs

    Why is it a less invasive procedure?

    Although there are still risks associated with this procedure, laparoscopic surgery is safer because your pet loses less blood and they need a shorter recovery time. Typically, we would need to make a large incision in the abdomen to perform an abdominal surgery. With laparoscopy procedures, we only need to make a small incision, around 5 mm. We place a small needle into the area and use carbon dioxide gas to inflate their abdomen. After the air has made its way to your pet’s stomach, we’ll have better images. Small surgical instruments will help us perform the procedure.

    How do I prepare my pet for laparoscopic surgery?

    If you have questions about your pet’s upcoming laparoscopy surgery, please contact us at 902.865.6400. Please follow your pet’s pre-surgery instructions closely, which might include fasting before the procedure. If your pet needs anesthesia, we typically do bloodwork to ensure they’ll react well to the medicine.

  • Last updated: June 23, 2022.

    Dear Clients,

    We want to thank everyone for their patience in recent months. We have adhered, as strictly as we could, to the Public Health Directives throughout COVID and with this in mind, we are pleased to say that masks are no longer mandatory at our hospital. You may still see staff wearing masks when in close contact with clients. This is a purely personal choice. 

    Our doors are now open and you are welcome to accompany your pets into the clinic for their appointments.

    We require at least 48-72 hours for all medication refills as we are still experiencing delays with some items, but we will inform you of any backordered items.

    We can still receive your food orders via phone or email, however, we now have an online store that you can access directly from the front page of our website. Please check out the free shipping and autoship discounts available.

    Due to being short staffed at this time, we ask for your patience and kindness as we try to navigate through these busy times. We are doing the very best we can. If the phone is busy, please email or attempt to call again.


    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

     - Your dedicated team at Sackville Animal Hospital