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Latest News

Senior Health Checks

4th September 2017

We are now offering senior health checks for all those over eight years old. These include a half hour consultation with one of our vets, pain assessment, blood pressure, urinalysis, body condition analysis and diet recommendations. All for only £50.

Photo Competition

1st September 2017

Congratulations to Bella who won our spring photo competition. We are launching our next Calendar Photo Competition in September, and the 12 winners will feature in our 2018 calendar which can be purchased in practice with all money raised going to our charity The Forest Vet India. All winners will also be entitled to a free photo shoot with their pet.

Jessie's Jaw Surgery

17th August 2017

Jessie's owners found a lump in her mouth which, after investigation, was found to be highly aggressive and if left would lead to disintegration of her jaw. The surgery to cure it required removing half of her bottom jaw. Jessie recovered amazingly and her feeding tube was removed the next day as she was already enjoying chicken and ham! These pictures where taken only 10 days after her major surgery.

Wilma's BOAS Surgery

11th August 2017

Wilma has been given the all clear today with no breathing noises following her BOAS surgery (brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome). The breathing noises in these short faced dogs isn't normal but is actually respiratory distress and can lead to laryngeal collapse. Wilma had advanced surgery performed by Rachael and Sarah, widening her nostrils and removing tissue from her throat so that she can breathe more easily.

Mabel's Emergency Surgery

6th August 2017

Poor Mabel came in for early Sunday morning emergency surgery after suffering two melting corneal ulcers following a dog fight. This is why our vets take weeping eyes so seriously as it can lead to loss of the eyes if left untreated. Mabel, following surgery to remove one eye and intense treatment to try and save the other eye, will feel a lot better.

Wellness Monitor

15th July 2017

To link together with our Pet Dialog+ App we have been chosen to take part in a trial for the new wellness monitors. They attach to your dogs collar and monitor key signs such as activity levels, eating and drinking, so any behaviour changes can be tracked to pick up early signs of any problems.

Star Patient: Hazel

12th July 2017

Hazel, an eight year old Labrador presented with a history of two days inappetance, lethargy and vulval discharge. Talking to the owner, Rachael discovered she had recently been in season. Suspecting pyometra (infection of the uterus) Hazel was taken to surgery for an emergency ovario hysterectomy (spey). The surgery is extremely high risk. Hazel’s uterus had unfortunately ruptured and caused peritonitis. Blood samples revealed concurrent septacemia. Prognosis was poor due to the risk of septic shock, however Rachael stayed with her overnight monitoring every hour, with IV antibiotics and pain relief. The next day, Hazel’s dad came to visit and sat with her in the ward. His presence dramatically improved her moral. She is now back to normal, doing the racehorses with her dad!

Welcome Sarah

11th July 2017

We would like to wish a warm welcome to our lovely new vet Dr Sarah Pile who is joining the Forest Family.

Free PAT Temperament Assessments:

12th June 2017

Second Year Anniversary Party:

3rd June 2017

At the start of the summer we celebrated our second birthday. Thank you to everyone who came to support us and we hope you all enjoyed the ice cream van and the dog show which was a huge success!

Star Patient: Maggie

19th April 2017

Maggie the springer spaniel had HIF transconylar screw surgery in both front legs. This condition is predisposed in spaniels, with weakness in the humeral condyle (part of the elbow joint) which can cause lameness and lead to fractures. After having surgery on her first leg with our orthopaedic specialist she then presented with lameness on her other foreleg and the same condition was found. After her two major orthopaedic operations she is now doing really well and has gone back to her mad happy self.

DCM Screening

6th April 2017

Alongside our in house blood tests we are currently offering free screening for Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM), which is the second most common type of heart disease in dogs.

In DCM, the heart muscle gradually becomes weakened and floppy. The heart enlarges and stretches, becoming inefficient at pumping blood around the body. This can go undetected in dogs for years, with no obvious signs of poor health, as the body adjusts to cope. Sadly, over time, weak heart muscles cause the hearts function to deteriorate. Congestive heart failure is when the heart can no longer pump sufficient blood around the body. Early detection is key, as intervening as quickly as possible helps to support the heart and improve the dog's quality and length of life.

This is why we have joined with the screening programme for high risk dogs. It involves a simple blood test to check levels of a substance called pro-BNP, which is released into the blood stream when the heart muscle stretches excessively. So high levels are a good indicator of DCM.

High risk dogs include those over three years of age and those of larger breeds.

For more information on DCM or to find out if your dog is at risk call us on 01825 766006

DCM Screening

Star Patient: Timmy Splenectomy Case

3rd March 2017

This season's star patient is Timmy, a 14 year old Jack Russell Terrier. He came in to us as had spent the weekend being very lethargic and not himself.

He came into us as an emergency, with a very swollen abdomen that was causing him a lot of pain and effecting his ability to walk. We ran a full blood screen and took abdominal x-rays, which revealed that he was anaemic and had a large mass. He was then rushed straight into theatre for an exploratory laparotomy, which revealed a highly aggressive 20cm rupturing splenic tumour.

We performed a complete splenectomy which involves removing the entire spleen. Considering his age, he made a miraculous recovery. His owner definitely made the right decision to give him a chance, and he has gone back to being a happy healthy little dog.

24 hour Emergency cover

The Forest Vet launches its Out of Hours Emergency service! 24 hour Emergency cover - 7 days a week - 365 days a year. Here at The Forest Vet Maresfield.

Zone Days

Can't get to the vet? Take advantage of our village zone days where we give free of charge house visits:

Monday – Nutley, Danehill, Chelwood Gate
Tuesdays – Newick, Fletching, Piltdown
Fridays – Buxted, Fairwarp, Uckfield

Upcoming events:

Wednesday 8th November:
Autumn Talk - Join us for our client evening talk Matters of the Heart on heart disease and senior quality of life. Complimentary food and drinks at The Chequers Inn, Maresfield. Book in advance as spaces are limited.

Free PAT Temperament Assessments: We are now offering free temperament assessments for Pets As Therapy dogs and cats. For more information and to request you application pack visit http://petsastherapy.org/join-us/join-pat-dog/