Surf makes amazing recovery from abdominal surgery

We love getting feedback like this from clients! Here is the story of Surf, who made an incredible recovery from intestinal surgery!

“I just wanted to give you a quick update on how my Sheltie, Surf, is doing since his intestinal surgery 30 days ago. Surf continues to do well and is gradually getting his energy back. He is eating normal food and having regular, mostly normal stool. Prior to the surgery Surf was an extremely fit, athletic dog that I did herding and agility with. After the surgery when 75% of his small intestine was removed, I was just hoping for survival and a good quality of life. Surf continues to amaze me. We have done a couple of short herding sessions to help build up his endurance. Tonight he did some agility training at a lower level than normal and skipped some obstacles that might be difficult due to the abdominal muscles required; however, he did fabulous. Here is a YouTube link to a video of part of his agility training session tonight.

“Many thanks to you and the entire team that worked on Surf so he was able to come home.”


We think Surf looks great out there on the agility course! Take a look for yourself!

Garrett Levin, DVM, DACVSGarrett Levin, DVM, DACVS
Originally from California, Dr. Levin earned his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of California at Davis in 1994. He received his veterinary degree from Ross University, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. Dr. Levin completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship in 2000 and a three-year comprehensive residency in small animal orthopedics, soft tissue, and neurosurgery in 2003 at The Animal Medical Center in New York. He was a Staff Surgeon at a small animal referral and emergency hospital in California and Medical Director and Chief of Surgery at a referral and emergency hospital in Massachusetts prior to joining NorthStar VETS in April 2009. Dr. Levin’s areas of special interest include cardiothoracic surgery, orthopedic surgery, soft tissue surgery, neurosurgery, stem cell therapy and emergency and trauma surgery. He has extensive training in Interventional Radiology (IR) and Interventional Endoscopy (IE) and is an integral member of the IR/IE Department at NorthStar VETS. Dr. Levin is trained in the Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) surgical procedure for the treatment of cranial cruciate ligament rupture. He performs a wide range of minimally invasive surgeries including arthroscopy, thoracoscopy, and laparoscopy, as well as minimally invasive fracture repair.

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