For when your pet is healthy...
We prefer a pro-active approach to animal health.
Prevention is definitely better than cure, not to mention easier, less stressful and much less expensive! We recommend that animals are seen, at least, annually for a thorough health check and examination. This can be done in conjunction with the annual vaccination programme. Finding and treating problems promptly can simplify treatment and improve outcome, and the advantage of an annual health check is that it helps us find problems earlier!
There has always been much debate about neutering animals (castration for males and spaying for females). The veterinary profession almost unanimously agrees that the routine neutering of animals confers significant health advantages. For example; a significant reduction in the likelihood of developing mammary (breast) cancers and other reproductive cancers (for both sexes), significant reduction in aggressive tendencies (especially males), and removing the possibility of females developing pyometra (a potentially fatal reproductive infection). There are a number of non-health advantages too; neutered animals are less likely to roam or stray, unwanted pregnancies lead to unwanted kittens and puppies (the lucky ones ending up in rescue centres), and living with a calling queen or a bitch on heat can be hell on earth. We are happy to perform routine neutering surgery from 6 months of age.
"Bad behaviour" accounts for a large number of questions and concerns raised by anxious animal owners. Many behavioural problems are a result of poor social skills and can be traced back to poor puppy socialisation. Allowing puppies to learn how to socialise in a safe environment is the best way to minimise these behavioural problems later in life .
The nurses of the East Grinstead Veterinary Hospital hold regular "puppy parties". Held during weekday evenings, they provide an excellent opportunity for puppies to socialise in a safe, disease-free environment (only vaccinated puppies are invited!). It also is a great time for owners to raise any concerns or ask any questions they might have.
The team of registered veterinary nurses (VNs) also run a series of nursing clinics. These include; a "weight-watchers" style obesity clinic (for the more generously built pet) involving regular weight checks and dietary advice. Also, adolescent and geriatric checks, dental check-ups and diabetic support. If needed, the nurses are always happy to administer worm tablets and give preventative healthcare advice.
And for when your pet is sick...
The vets at the East Grinstead Veterinary Hospital aim to practice the very highest standard of medicine and surgery.
We undertake a wide variety of clinical procedures to both help us make a diagnosis, and then treat any problems we find.
With more than 40 years experience between them, the vets have a wide range of particular interests and skills, including; orthopaedic and soft-tissue surgery, clinical diagnostic medicine, ultrasonography, endoscopy and clinical laboratory medicine.
The hospital has a well equiped laboratory with, amongst other things, a high quality Synermed® blood biochemistry analyser and a Medica® blood electrolyte machine allowing us to perform a wide variety of blood tests (including health screens, liver and kidney studies and thyroid hormone levels). We also have a new Motic® binocular microscope, which allows us to examine; urine, blood cells, discharges and some lumps and bumps.
The hospital also prizes its new ATL® ultrasound machine. In the right hands, this machine is capable of producing images of oustanding clarity, allowing us to examine internal organs in a non-invasive manner. We recently captured some fantastic moving images of the beating heart belonging to a dog in congestive heart failure. Examining the images allowed us to choose the best course of treatment for her.
In addition; the hospital has superb xray facilites and two flexible fibre-optic endoscopes (a big one for dogs and a smaller one for cats). The endoscopes are regularly used to examine (and sometimes take samples from) the inner surface of both the gastro-intestinal tract (throat, stomach and intestines) and the respiratory tree (nose, airway and lungs).
Xrays are frequently used as an aid to diagnosis, sometimes even using dyes such as barium meals. They are invaluable in the diagnosis and evaluation of; fractures, arthritis, lung and heart disease, intestinal and bladder problems and some cancers.
We are also happy to take hip score xrays as part of the BVA Hip-Score scheme.
This xray shows the abdomen of a cat who had been vomiting for several weeks.
Problems are normally described as either "medical" or "surgical".
Medical problems tend to be treated with medicines, whilst surgical problems are treated with operations. We have a dedicated operating theatre which is only used for sterile surgical procedures.
The vomiting cat had a piece of children's toy obstructing his small intestine.
"Sticks and stones may break our [animals'] bones" but here at the East Grinstead Veterinary Hospital we have cutting-edge orthopaedic instruments, which are often used to help pin, plate or screw bones back together.
The details on this page are just the tip of the iceberg. We are always happy to discuss the ways in which we can help keep your animal healthy, or treat illness.