It’s Tick Season!

Thanks to the warm, wet weather we’re seeing far more ticks than we normally would this time of year. For those who don’t know a tick is a small, oval shaped parasite which attaches itself to your pet. They can vary in size and colour but most commonly look like the one pictured below. Ticks can cause your pet significant discomfort and in some cases transmit disease. Thankfully many prescription flea products (tablets and spot-ons) also contain tick control, however it is worth noting many over the counter products do not include tick control.  We recommend Simparica for dogs, and Stronghold Plus monthly in cats. 

If you find a tick on your pet we recommend calling us for advice. Whilst home removal is sometimes possible, it is very important not to leave the mouth parts of the tick behind. If you are inexperienced in tick removal this is very easy to do, so if you are unsure please contact your nearest branch. It is also worth noting we commonly have people attempt to remove small skin lumps believing they are ticks, so if you have any doubt, please contact us prior to attempting ‘removal’. 

Woodbridge: 01394 380083
Ipswich: 01473 274040
Felixstowe: 01394 284554
Rendlesham: 01394 420964

Laparoscopic Speys

What is a laparoscopic spey? Laparoscopic ovariectomy is an alternative to a routine spey and is carried out by keyhole surgery. For pets, as in humans, keyhole surgery is a minimally invasive alternative to the common open surgeries performed on patients. With this, we only remove the ovaries, using a camera to visualise them and long instruments to operate. This leaves our pets with two little incisions which are glued so there are no sutures to remove. One incision is for the camera, which displayed a magnified view on a monitor allowing a clear picture for the surgeon. The second incision is for instruments which are used to remove the ovaries.

Laparoscopy Benefits

  1. Reduced post operative pain
  2. Quicker post operative recovery
  3. Smaller incisions
  4. No stitches in the skin – usually no need for a buster collar
  5. Lower risk of wound breakdown
  6. Reduced trauma and inflammation
  7. Rest is usually only required for 2-3 days after the procedure.


  • Will my pet be sore after the procedure? In a conventional spay, the ligaments connecting the ovaries to the abdomen have to be stretched, which causes pain. With keyhole spaying these ligaments are cauterised and cut, which is significantly less painful.
  • How much hair is clipped? Due to the positioning of the instruments, is it necessary to clip a large area of hair on the sides and the belly. This ensures the area is sterile for surgery.
  • How long is the rest period? For a conventional spay pets need to rest for 10-14days, with keyhole procedures the rest time is just 2-3 days so long as the recovery goes as planned.
  • Will pain relief be required at home? Most pets are very comfortable after keyhole surgery. We administer pain medication on the day of their operation, but they usually do not require any when they get home.
  • Is it safe to leave the uterus behind? Many studies have been performed looking into the risk of leaving the uterus behind. So long as the ovaries are fully removed, there is no benefit to the patient of removing the uterus. In order to develop pyometra, hormones are required, which come from the ovaries. Therefore, without ovaries, it is not possible to develop these conditions. If we see that the uterus looks abnormal during the procedure, we may be able to remove it laparoscopically or may advise converting to open surgery to do so.