Our pricing for Ovary Sparing Spays (Hysterectomy) and Vasectomies are generally between $1,000-$1,200.
The prices for these procedures are typically higher than conventional spaying and neutering.
More recently, various ovary-sparing procedures have been promoted in dogs and cats to preserve those hormones. Research within the past few years has suggested that it might be of benefit to leave those hormones available to the pet and find other methods to sterilize them without removing the gonads. Options currently under investigation for females include; (1) tubal ligation, and (2) removing the uterus and not the ovaries. Tubal ligation allows sterilization (with a small chance of pregnancy) early on and the pet owner can later make the decision to completely remove the reproductive tract later. This, obviously is the least invasive method of performing sterilization. Ovary sparing procedures involve removing the uterus and not the ovaries. This preserves the production of hormones for growth in your pet.
The research in question involved more large breed dogs, not small breeds or cats. Pets that still have their ovaries will still come in heat. If the uterus is removed, you should not see any discharge, and the pet can’t get pregnant. However, she will most likely still stand for breeding if approached by an intact male dog. Historically we were concerned about estrogen from heat cycles leading to increased incidence of mammary gland cancer, but this increase is probably small.
On the male side, vasectomy is reaching increased popularity. Surgically it is not an easy procedure as the vas deferens is closely adhered to the testicular artery, and takes some time and talent to remove without rupturing the artery. It is important to realize that vasectomized males still are males, so they will hunt, breed, fight, and still be classified by municipalities as INTACT MALE DOGS. There will be some swelling after the surgery, but it should not be too uncomfortable for your pet.
Due to the complexity of this procedure and the excellent questions and concerns associated with orchestrating care for your pet, we will not discuss this procedure by phone and require a consultation to be set up via email. ($150 exam; fee is waived when the surgery is scheduled for the same day as the procedure.)