I found some info regarding this and thought I'd share it with u. It is a bit hard to follow though.http://www.snapus.org/ask_the_vet/sp...ateral-ventral
[/quote]How does lateral surgery compare to ventral surgery?
I would like to know the pros and cons of lateral surgery versus ventral surgery in sterilization of female dogs and cats.
Well, this is an interesting question as I only recently added the lateral flank technique to my surgical repertoire. Either the lateral (from the left side) or ventral (through the midline of the abdomen) surgical approach can be effective and the choice depends somewhat on the surgeon's personal preference. The lateral offers the advantage in lactating females that the surgeon doesn't have to cut past the milk glands to find the midline. I use it in lactating feral cats that will be released as soon as possible back into their home territory. I assume (and hope) that they will find their kittens. When the kittens nurse, they will put much less stress on a lateral incision than a ventral incision. So I hope to avoid failure of the surgical closure. The downside of the lateral technique is that it is less versatile. It is very difficult to deal with pregnancy, pyometra, or excessive bleeding using the lateral technique. I have never used the lateral flank approach in dogs. Hope that answers your question.
Still doing research. When I find out more, I will add to this.