Minimally Invasive Ovary Removal Methods for Horses on the Rise
While surgeons still consider traditional ovariectomy methods effective, they’ve come to favor several newer procedures that are easier on the horse as well as the owner’s pocketbook. Dean Hendrickson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, reviewed those options at the 2017 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention, held Nov. 17-21 in San Antonio, Texas. Hendrickson is a professor of equine surgery at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
“We find that more and more clients are requesting ovariectomies in order to not have to deal with cycle-related behavior issues,” he said. “It’s generally less expensive in the long run than hormone administration, but it’s not reversible.”
Traditional ovariectomy methods can cost owners $2,500 to $3,000 and include a standing colpotomy (performed through the vagina), recumbent (while lying down) flank ovariectomy, and dorsally (while lying on the back) recumbent midline ovariectomy (performed through the abdominal
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