New Surgery opening in East Preston

We are pleased and very excited to announce the opening of the consulting facilities of our new surgery in East Preston. Having spent the last year renovating and extending the building, we are due to open on the 26th February. The surgery is located at 59 Sea Road -opposite the Village Hall. Many of you will recognise the location as it was previously a Doctor’s surgery, but you will be surprised to see the transformation in the building. When completed it will be a state of the art Veterinary Surgery offering the same high standards of care and service with all the diagnostic and operating facilities that you are used to at our Ferring branch. Please bear with us while the builders finish the extension.

We look forward to seeing you and your furry-best-friends at our fantastic new location.

Ferring Street Veterinary Surgery
East Preston branch: phone number 01903 785326

May Bank Holiday Opening Hours

Saturday 27th April 9am-12.30pm
Sunday 28th April Closed
Monday 29th May Closed
Tuesday Normal opening hours

Laparoscopic (keyhole) spays at Ferring Street Veterinary Surgery

We are delighted to be able to offer keyhole surgery at Ferring Street Veterinary Surgery. This means we can perform laparoscopic spays and other minimally invasive procedures with our state-of-the-art equipment. Our best friends can benefit from the reduced pain and recovery time we expect for ourselves when having laparoscopic surgery.

You’d be bonkers to eat conkers

We have recently treated a few cases of gastrointestinal upsets suspected to have been caused by dogs chewing conkers. Conkers contain a poison called Aesculin and about two days following ingestion can result in vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, lethargy and tremors. Conkers are fun to play with but not for our furry friends.

Improved vaccine against Leptospirosis

You may have heard your fellow dog walkers talking about a new vaccine for leptospirosis. There are several strains (known as serovars) of the leptospirosis bacteria which can cause disease in both dogs and humans. The symptoms vary with the strain but mainly affect the kidneys and liver. The bacteria are excreted in the urine of infected animals. One possible source of infection is contact with rats or water that has been contaminated with their urine. The standard vaccine provides protection against two strains but in recent years there has been an increase in two additional serovars in the UK and in dogs travelling to Europe. The new vaccine (Lepto 4) provides additional protection against these strains and requires a primary course of injections four weeks apart.

Star patient

Sterling’s owners brought him to the surgery because he had severe vomiting and diarrhoea. He became collapsed and distressed which indicated something more serious was going on. We investigated further and when we took radiographs we were surprised to find a previously undiagnosed birth defect. Sterling has a condition called peritoneopericardial diaphragmatic hernia. This is a birth defect where the diaphragm has not developed adequately and abdominal contents can pass into the chest cavity and into the sac around the heart. In Sterling’s case his small intestines are wrapped around his heart which explained why a case of gastroenteritis was making him feel much worse than the average dog.
The good news is that Sterling is feeling much better. Specialists have advised that Sterling can live a normal life but his owners will have to be even more careful with him now to make sure he never eats anything which could cause an intestinal obstruction. If this should happen he would need life-saving surgery.
Sterling will be keeping up with his Dad on 10 mile runs again in no time.