Read an Abstract of the First Trial Results
 

Please watch the videos.
Start with the "Average Dog Spay" 8 minute video that shows you exactly how to use the Dowling Spay Retractor:

Average Dog Spay (26.7MB)
Cat Spay (19.5MB)
Large Dog Spay (52.9MB)
Closed Castration & Miller's Knot - Autoclavable Silicone Lard Guard (14.8MB)

The Dowling Spay Retractor (U.S. Patent #7722639B2) can be ordered

In the USA:

In Canada:

Or, if you prefer to order your Dowling Spay Retractor or replacement parts directly from Dr. Brian Dowling for either U.S. Domestic or International orders you may do so by clicking on the Add to Cart button below. You will be charged $5 for S&H regardless of how many you order for the US and $10 for S&H for International orders. (Orders within Washington State have 8.3% added for sales tax.)

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Dowling Spay Retractor (complete set) $110
 

Large Foot (replacement part) $10
 

Small Foot (replacement part) $10
 

Lard Guard (replacement part, autoclavable silicone) $2.50
 

2 for 1 Veterinary Student Special: Order the first Dowling Spay Retractor (complete set) online using the order form above, then E-mail your name, mailing address, and school name to epc@reachone.com and a second one will be sent free. Only 1 free item per student.



"Dr. Dowling - I have been meaning to send this for over a year now and just now decided to complete the task. I bought a Spay Retractor...I guess 3 years ago...and it immediately revolutionized the daily OVH's we do. After over 40 years in private practice, I list the Spay Retractor as one of my top three purchases over my career. Thanks for developing it and making it available to the profession." - Martin Coffman DVM

"I am the staff veterinarian for Canine Assistants, a non-profit service dog school in Atlanta. Love your spay retractor! After 20 years of practice, I can finally do a fast spay through a small incision without worry. A brillant instrument." - Dr. Kent Bruner, DVM

"Brian: As you see, we have placed another order! Can't live without these now . . . I dont know how we did spays before! These spoil you to no end! Now when that 130 pound in heat rotty comes in . . . no fear! Thanks." -
Mark Justice, Double J Animal Hospital

"My name is Dr. Luke Proctor and I can't live without my spay retractors.  We will not let a vet spay an animal in our clinic without learning to use this instrument. The exposure of the ovaries and its blood suplie is superior to any hemostat .  Its like an extra two hands holding the ovary and keeping tissue out of the way. Genius and simple. Thanks." - Luke Proctor DVM

"I just tried one and must say it was the most fun I've had spaying in 27 years!!!" - Jackie Greenwood DVM, Toronto

"You're absolutely welcome to quote me. We REALLY enjoy using these. We've tried several others and been disappointed." - Michael Dahlman DVM, California

"Today, came into one of my relief jobs and found a 98# Lab-mix that had been dropped off by animal control for spaying...in heat of course. Now I usually make a large incision to do my spays but decided to keep the incision down to about 2", it looked like your retractor would be more effective the smaller the incision. Anyway, needless to say, it went extremely well, no problems, the retractor worked as it should and the fat guards were very effective and the spay went smooth, smooth, smooth. Now, I am usually slinging colorful phrases around pretty freely after doing a large in-heat dog spay... but not this time. Thanks alot for a great instrument. Only improvement (suggestion) I can see the need for a larger version... say based on a Carmalt clamp." (This was his second use of the retractor) - Todd Westin DVM

Note that Dr Dowling has some imperfect instruments that he is giving away to nonprofit spay organizations and Veterinary schools. Again contact Dr. Dowling directly, not Butler for these imperfect samples.

Dr. Brian Dowling, the inventor, has now been using the Dowling Spay Retractor for over six years and has performed over 1,750 successful proceedures. You can ask questions by sending an email to info@spayretractor.com.

The Dowling Spay Retractor

The retractor is placed to maintain exposure "hands-free" without rupturing the ovarian ligament.

Better exposure allows:

  • Better ligature security
  • Less post op pain without tearing the ovarian ligament
  • No tissue damage, therefore no leakage from proximal to the ligatures
  • Faster, more consistent, surgery

Other Benefits:

  • Quickly becomes second nature
  • One size fits all
  • Inexpensive - includes the body with both a large and small foot

Simply Effective

  • The Retractor streamlines the whole process of solo spays
  • "I have finally had to religate 1 ovarian stump over the past 6 years because I didn't pull it down tight enough. Other than that, it's been 1,750+ boring procedures using the Dowling Spay Retractor."
  • Routine spays can be routine

Sales Stats

  • We've sold over 1,400 Spay Retractors and only 1 has been returned because they didn't like it.

Instructions for Use

  • Assemble the Dowling Spay Retractor by inserting the tapered end of the foot into the tapered socket and twist to seat firmly (like seating a needle on a syringe). The Retractor comes in two pieces for ease of packing with other instruments in a spay pack.
  • Push the tip of the foot through the window in the broad ligament and around the ovarian pedicle to engage the curved part of the foot against the base of the pedicle.

  • While pushing down on the skin and pulling up the ovary, clamp the hemostat near the ovary (that tough bit of tissue between the ovary and the tip of the uterine horn holds well).
  • Apply ligatures (I use millers' knots here and take advantage of the immobile tissues to get great knot security).
  • Sever the pedicle, replace the retractor with another clamp and go on to the other side and uterine body.

- Dr. Brian Dowling
  Inventor of the Dowling Spay Retractor

 

Helpful Ideas:

  • Some dogs have very deep chests which cause the body wall to be tightly strung between the Xiphoid and the Pubis. This tension can be lessened (making it easier to get the body wall down where you want it) if you tilt the pelvis cranial by tucking a towel, or ideally, a foam wedge under the tail heawd.
    - Brian Dowling, DVM