A veterinary surgeon undergoes additional training after veterinary school in order to become a specialist. This training consists of a minimum of a 1-year internship followed by a 3-year residency program that meets guidelines established by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). The residency includes specific training and caseload requirements, and applicants must also perform research, publish it in a scientific journal, and pass a rigorous examination. These specialists are called “Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons” or “board-certified surgeons.”
Besides providing the very best in surgical care, veterinary surgeons also act as resources for veterinarians by providing consultations on difficult or unusual cases. With their advanced training, they offer expertise that ensures the best possible outcome for the animal and the animal's owner.
Approximately 6-8 weeks of restriction, followed by a gradual increase in activity levels.
Approximately 2-3 weeks.
In general, if your pet has a major surgical procedure, they will stay overnight. This allows us to monitor your pet for any potential complications post-op, as well as provide an appropriate level of pain management.
Your pet has just had a major surgery. Confinement generally means your pet is confined to a small area (either crate, ex-pen, or small room) for a period of several weeks. Exercise restriction includes no running, jumping, playing, or free-roaming the home or stairs (if possible).
Short, leashed potty breaks a few times a day for a period of 5-10 minutes is all the “exercise” your pet should have during this recovery period. We will provide tailored instructions to each patient based on the surgery. Strict adherence to these instructions will help your pet recover as quickly and completely as possible.
Sedation medication is provided to help keep your pet calm after surgery and will be discussed further at the time of discharge.