Groucho Marx inspires vets to offer keyhole surgery

Groucho Marx once joked: “Outside of a dog a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.’

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But tomorrow (19.08.17) on the 40th anniversary of his death, the Pets’n’Vets Family, a network of veterinary practices with surgeries around Glasgow and surrounding areas, shines a light on the inside of a dog as it introduces minimally invasive ‘keyhole’ surgery at its Roundhouse Veterinary Hospital in the city’s Southside.

The Pets’n’Vets Family says that keyhole surgery enables quicker procedures for common surgery such as neutering, less pain for patients and enables a quicker recovery. It also allows minimally invasive biopsies for more complex conditions such as liver disease.

Oliver Jackson, a partner in The Pets‘n’Vets Family, said: “I’ve always been a Groucho Marx fan – and what better way to mark the anniversary of his death than to use one of his funniest quotes to inspire the introduction of a surgical technique to West-Central Scotland on a routine basis!

“The speedy recovery time associated with keyhole surgery makes the technique ideal for many patients and procedures. Neutering young female dogs weighing more than 10kgs is one example where we passionately believe this to be the preferred technique.”

“We are delighted to announce that, for a limited time, we offer dog keyhole neutering for only £303. This price includes hospitalisation, anaesthesia, intravenous fluids and pain relief both during and after the keyhole surgery has been performed, and will allow your pet to be neutered using a technique proven to cause significantly less pain and discomfort than standard surgery.”

Jackson explained: “laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery has been shown to cause less pain and discomfort than normal surgery, resulting in a reduced risk of post-operative complications. In one recent case, we performed a keyhole neutering on a dog at The Roundhouse and she was up and running around the park two days later!”

Click on link to video of keyhole surgery in action:


For further information please contact Oliver Jackson at tel 0141 649 4949

Issued on behalf of Pets’n’Vets by Liquorice Media tel 0187 738 2961

Date 18 August 2017

Notes to Editors

• The Pets’n’Vets family is a collection of veterinary practices. Glasgow’s own vets, run by Glaswegians, it is a small and friendly partnership, with surgeries around Glasgow and surrounding areas.

• Because the Pets‘n’Vets Family is run by animal lovers, its vets understand just how special their pets are to their clients. It aims to offer the best local service, care and value with no gimmicks or tie-ins – just excellent vet care.

• The Pets‘n’Vets Family has been caring for Glasgow’s pets for over 40 years and its practices are all Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Accredited. To find your nearest practice visit