Practice & Facilities

 

Endoscopy and Laparoscopy

Our specialised equipment and extensive training allows us to offer laparoscopic surgery for our patients. Commonly referred to as “keyhole” surgery, this minimally invasive approach leads to magnified images with clearer views for the surgeon and much smaller wounds than are achieved with conventional surgery. Routine procedures such as keyhole spays result in less pain as it is not necessary to tear the ovarian ligament to remove the ovary. This results in reduced recovery time and, because the wounds are smaller than in conventional spays, your pet does not need to be rested for as long after surgery.

We also have rigid endoscopes measuring just a few millimetres in diameter which allow us to investigate bladder, rectal, ear and nasal disease without resorting to major surgery.

Our flexible endoscope allows us to image and biopsy the gastrointestinal tract and in some cases avoid conventional surgery such as when removing foreign bodies such as socks from the stomach.

Ultrasonography

Ultrasonography allows visualisation of internal organs allowing assessment of structures such as the heart, liver, kidneys, spleen and bladder. We have recently updated our ultrasound machine at Ferring and now have state of the art machines at both our Ferring and East Preston surgeries.

All members of our team are capable of basic ultrasound examinations however we are very fortunate that Rachel Morris is a highly experienced ultrasonographer having completed numerous courses and spent hundreds of hours enhancing her skills and experience. This allows her to perform advanced abdominal ultrasound to look at more difficult to image organs such as the pancreas and the adrenal glands and also to perform full heart scans. With the aid of colour flow doppler on these new machines, we are able to measure blood flow across heart valves and find the cause of heart murmurs. This allows more accurate diagnosis and therefore more appropriate treatment.

 

Electrocardiography

Heart disease and electrolyte disturbances can lead to irregular heart rhythms. Our ECG machine allows us to detect, and monitor response to treatment of, these conditions. It is an additional safeguard for monitoring anaesthetised patients.

Ophthalmology

Eye problems are seen very frequently in small animals. Sadly eyes can deteriorate very quickly if not properly diagnosed. We have invested in specialist equipment to allow close examination of the eyelids and cornea through to the lens and the retina. In addition to this we have an operating microscope and micro surgical kits to allow us to perform intricate repair of eyelids or to repair corneal ulcers using conjunctival or corneal grafts. Iain holds the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology which means he has extensive further training and experience in this field. He is a member of the British Association of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and regularly attends seminars in both the UK and Europe.

Radiology

We have a dedicated x-ray room with a state of the art X-ray machine. This allows us to take high quality radiographs in animals ranging from mice to Great Danes! X-rays are not only useful in the assessment of orthopaedic problems but can be used to visualise the lungs, heart and abdominal contents.

Surgery

At Ferring Street Veterinary Surgery we perform all routine operations such as castrations and spaying through to the more challenging operations. As experienced vets, most operations can be performed in house rather than having to refer to a specialist. To ensure the best possible care, we have a dedicated operating theatre to maintain sterility when operating and the most up to date anaesthetic machines and protocols.

 

Dentistry

Dental problems are frequently encountered in cats and dogs and even guinea pigs and rabbits! At the surgery we have a dedicated dental areas complete with a purpose designed table, dental machine and even special miniature burs and instruments for performing dentals in rabbits, chinchillas and guinea pigs. We also have a dedicated dental x-ray machine with a digital processors which allows us to obtain miniature oral radiographs. This allows us to identify disease which cannot be detected by examination alone such as damage to tooth roots, loss of bone or abscesses which may be developing.

Blood Pressure Monitoring

High blood pressure is a relatively common complaint in elderly cats but is also seen older dogs. Sadly if high blood pressure is not diagnosed this can lead to kidney damage and blindness. At Ferring Street we have the facilities to measure blood pressure and will frequently check this in our older patients. This condition can be easily treated with medication. Blood pressure is also frequently checked throughout operations as blood pressure can drop during anaesthesia.

Laboratory

We are lucky to have one of the latest blood analysers which allow us to perform blood samples in house. This can range from blood samples prior to anaesthetics to more in depth sampling to aid diagnosis. In addition to this we have a microscope for looking at skin scrapes, tissue aspirates or blood smears and the facilities to check in-house urine samples.

Kennels

We understand that being kennelled can be a stressful experience for our patients. To minimise this, we have separate dog and cat wards with comfy bedding each with fresh air ventilation and we use pheromone diffusers to further reduce stress. We also have a separate isolation kennel for use where an animal is suspected of having an infectious disease.

Parking

We appreciate that a trip to the vets can be quite stressful without having to find a car park space as well. We are lucky to have a private parking area in front of our premises for you to use when visiting the surgery.