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Spring News 2015

Meridian welcomes our new Vet

Jessica Upchurch started on 5th January after moving to Brighton. After a short time working as a zoologist, Jess qualified in 2011 from the Royal Veterinary College and has worked in London for the past 4 years. Jess enjoys all aspects of working as a vet but particularly feline medicine and soft tissue surgery. Having grown up in Cornwall, Jess is thrilled to be back by the sea even if her nervous rescue cat Polly is scared of the seagulls. In her spare time Jess enjoys live music, running and exploring all that the South Downs has to offer. We are really happy to have Jess as part of the Meridian team. Jess has replaced Lawrence who we wish all the best as he emigrates to New Zealand.

Recommend a Friend – If you recommend a friend to us: as a thank you we will give you both a £10 credit on your account. We currently have over 80% of new clients coming to us from personal recommendation.

Free Deliveries – Don’t forget we offer a free delivery service on a Wednesday afternoon between 2-4pm for all your pets needs such as prescriptions and food. This service is free for all deliveries within a 5 mile radius of our surgery.

Questionnaire – Many thanks to everyone who completed our parasite questionnaire over the past few months, your feedback and support is always extremely helpful to us.

Pet Health Club – This is a great way to save money and spread the costs of your pet’s preventative health care from £9.99 a month. We are still offering discounts for members which we expand on every year!

Shop on-line We have a range of products available on-line for dogs, cats and small furries And click on SHOP!


Is your pet Microchipped?

It’s a sad fact that hundreds of pets go missing every day and many are never reunited with their owners for one simple reason – they cannot be reliably identified.

However, the good news is that, in addition to the traditional collar and engraved tags you can have your pet permanently identified with a microchip. This gives you the best chance of being re-united with your pet, should they go missing. Dogs, cats, rabbits and small pets can all be microchipped and from 2016 it will be law for all dogs to be microchipped.  A microchip is no bigger than a grain of rice and having it implanted is quick and simple. Like a normal injection, it is inserted under the skin at the back of the neck and once there, it lasts a lifetime. Each microchip carries a unique code which together with information about your pet and your contact details, are held on a central computer database. Should your pet go missing when found the chip can be read using a hand held scanner. Veterinary practices, the police and

animal welfare organisations routinely scan all strays, hopefully ensuring that if the unthinkable happens, you and your pet can be speedily reunited. So don’t take any chances and get your pet microchipped today! FREE HEALTH CHECK WITH EVERY MICROCHIP From 1st March until the end of August we will be giving a free health check (examination) with every microchip appointment.

Insurance – Is your pet covered?

With continual advances in veterinary medicine and surgery, we can now diagnose and treat more conditions than ever before. But how prepared are you? Pet Plan are one of the largest pet insurance companies and we have teamed up with them to offer all dogs and cats under 1 year old; 4 weeks free insurance with every veterinary health check. Please ask at reception for more details.

Does your pet drink like a fish?

Increased drinking is a very common early sign of a range of     diseases, so if you are filling up the water bowl more frequently, its time to stop and work out which pet is drinking too much and make an appointment.

Excessive thirst can indicate diseases ranging from liver or

kidney disease, to diabetes and other hormonal conditions such as hyperthyroidism and Cushings disease. Infections can also cause increased drinking, particularly pyometra (a womb infection in un-spayed bitches).

So if you think your pet is drinking more than normal, please bring them in for a check-up. As well as giving your pet athorough clinical examination, urine and blood tests may be very helpful in making a diagnosis.  Radiography and ultrasound of the abdomen may also be of help, allowing an assessment of the size, shape and internal structure of the organs. The good news is that we do have treatments for many of the conditions mentioned above aimed at easing the symptoms and prevent or slow the progression of the disease. Please always call us if you are at all worried about your pet!

Aches and Pains

Cold damp weather can unmask signs of arthritis in dogs and cats, and now is a great time to take a good look at your pets and make sure they are comfortable. Do they seem stiff or lame? Do they have difficulty getting up or lying down? Does it take a while for them to get going in the morning? If so, your pet will benefit from a check over to identify any problems and work out how best to treat them. The joints that are most susceptible to arthritis are the most movable joints called synovial joints. The ends of the bones that meet at these joints are covered by very smooth articular cartilage and lubricated with synovial fluid.

In pets with arthritis, this protective cartilage is damaged and worn away, resulting in exposure of the underlying bone causing pain and inflammation. 

Although arthritis cannot usually be cured, there are several things we can do to help such as weight control, exercise regimes, special diets, food supplements and medication. If your pet is showing any signs of arthritis, please make an appointment to see one of our vets.

Xylitol poisoning in Dogs

There have been some reports recently in the Pet Press about the danger of Xylitol poisoning in dogs.

Xylitol is a specific artificial sweetener contained in many chewing gums.

If adequate amounts are ingested by a dog this can cause a release of insulin within the body causing a massive drop in blood glucose. This in turn could lead to seizures and death. Although this sounds terrifying, the risk of exposure to this type of poisoning appears relatively low in dogs. The one case we have seen at Meridian was successfully treated.  Discarded chewing gum should not present any danger to the dogs, as gum tends to be discarded when the sweetness has been removed by the person chewing it.


Veterinary Surgeons

Stephen Speak MRCVS

Iain McGill MRCVS

Jessica Upchurch MRCVS


Veterinary Nurses

Fiona Attwater Head Nurse

Amy Garbo Dep Head Nurse

Amy Starling RVN

Julie Izard RVN


Student Nurses

Megan Smith

Vicki McCabe

Emily Lennard



Susan Harper

Lorraine Law

Lyn Sherwood


Practice Manager

Grant Divall RVN


Opening Times

Mon-Thurs 8am-6pm

Friday 8am-7pm

Saturday 8am-4pm


Practice Facilities

  • Spacious consult rooms
  • High tech operating theatre
  • Separate dog and cat wards
  • Surgery
  • Radiography
  • Ultrasound
  • Laboratory
  • Dentistry
  • Home Visits
  • Microchipping
  • Pet Passports
  • Nurse Clinics
  • Weight clinics
  • Car Park at Rear
  • Pet Care leaflets
  • Healthy Pets Club
  • On-line Shop
  • Free delivery service (Wed)
  • Inspected by RCVS to be an approved Veterinary Practice