Willow the Red Necked Wallaby Joey

Here at Haven Veterinary Group we have some nice news to share –
We would like to introduce you to ‘Willow’ the Red Necked Wallaby joey.

Willow was brought to us in late May after being rejected by her mother. We ascertained that she was approximately 6 months old by looking at her dental development which meant she should actually still be getting all her care and food by way of milk within her mothers pouch for another 4 months or so.

Therefore a surrogate mother was needed. Hayley (our senior nurse) stepped in and has become Willows ‘mum’.  A man-made pouch was constructed, incorporating a heat pad and the process of 4 hourly feeds round the clock commenced. Willow quickly got used to living in her pouch at the end of the bed at Hayley’s house (Mick her husband is very understanding!) and spending her days whilst Hayley was at work hanging in her pouch in Jim’s (our principles office who is also very accommodating!) 

Willow is doing really well and is now approximately 8 1/2 months old and going from strength to strength. She now only requires bottle feeding morning and night and is eating solid food, grasses and greens and has trebled in weight.

As wallabies are mainly nocturnal she now spends her days at Hayleys home snoozing in her pouch during the day and bounding around the house and garden during the evenings.

Willow is very social and has plenty of other family members animal/human for company.

We will keep you updated on Willows progress weekly including photos and videos.

We’re delighted that our equine practice has been upgraded by the RCVS

The team at our equine practice in Hedon are celebrating after being upgraded to the new accreditation level Equine General Practice – Ambulatory by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) – the highest accreditation we could receive for the facilities at our Ketwell Lane site.

Equine General Practice – Ambulatory is an accreditation for equine practices that provide a GP level service without stabling facilities or premises where horses are treated. It means the practice meets RCVS Core and GP requirements in all modules except In-Patients.

Our owner and principal vet, Jim Morris, said that receiving news of the standard upgrade is an official acknowledgement of the equine teams’ expertise.

“We work hard to maintain high standards of veterinary care here at the practice and this latest accreditation shows our dedication to our profession,” he added.

To attain the RCVS General Practice grade, veterinary practices must meet a range of minimum standards including hygiene, 24-hour emergency cover, staff training, certain types of equipment and cost estimation procedures.

On the subject of equestrian matters (ish!), our practice manager, Mandy Dobbs will be testing her riding skills when she competes in the annual Camel Derby at Beverley Races on 17th August. Sporting silks in Haven’s colours, Mandy is competing in the race to raise money for Save the Children.

Mandy said: “This will certainly be different to riding horses, but it’s a fantastic cause, and I’m looking forward to what should be a fun event for charity.”

To support Mandy’s camel derby, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/amanda-dobbs.

Here’s a great photo of Mandy on her usual mount!

We’re proud to announce that our Hedon equine practice has been upgraded by the RCVS

The team at Haven in Hedon are celebrating after our equine facility has been upgraded to the new accreditation level Equine General Practice – Ambulatory, by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

This is the highest accreditation that we could receive for the facilities at our Ketwell Lane site and we’re highly delighted.

Equine General Practice – Ambulatory is an accreditation for equine practices that provide a GP level service without stabling facilities or premises where horses are treated. It means the practice meets RCVS Core and GP requirements in all modules except In-Patients.

Our owner and principal vet, Jim Morris, said that receiving news of the standard upgrade is an official acknowledgement of the equine teams’ expertise.

“We work hard to maintain high standards of veterinary care here at the practice and this latest accreditation shows our dedication to our profession,” he added.

To attain the RCVS General Practice grade, we needed to meet a range of minimum standards including hygiene, 24-hour emergency cover, staff training, certain types of equipment and cost estimation procedures.

Meanwhile, our practice manager, Mandy Dobbs will be testing her equestrian skills when she competes in the annual Camel Derby at Beverley Races on 17th August. Sporting silks in Haven’s colours, Mandy is competing in the race to raise money for Save the Children.

Mandy said: “This will certainly be different to riding horses, but it’s a fantastic cause, and I’m looking forward to what should be a fun event for charity.”

To support Mandy’s camel derby, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/amanda-dobbs.

Dog ID Tags and The Law

Please remember, although every dog must be microchipped by law in the UK, it is also the law that any dog in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address (inc. postcode) of the owner engraved on it.

You can be fined up to £5,000 if your dog does not wear an identification tag.

You do not have to put your dogs’ name on the tag, this is optional. Unfortunately dog theft is a real danger and if the thief knows the name of your dog this may help them pass on the dog to the unsuspecting new owners because it appears they know the dog as it responds to their name.

 

We would therefore recommend that you do not put your dogs’ name on the tag.

Examples:

Mr A Smith
54 Letsbe Avenue
BH17 7TD
01202 232218

Mr A Smith
No.54, BH17 7TD
01202 232218

 

Some people are of the opinion that if their dog is microchipped, they do not require a dog tag with their contact details on it. This is incorrect, and you should always have a dog tag on your dogs’ collar.

1992 Law Exemptions

The Control of Dogs Order does state seven exemptions to the law:
• any pack of hounds (hunting animals)
• any dog while being used for sporting purposes
• any dog while being used for the capture or destruction of vermin
• any dog while being used for the driving or tending of cattle or sheep
• any dog while being used on official duties by a member of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces or Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise or the police force for any area
• any dog while being used in emergency rescue work
• any dog registered with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

Enforcement
The enforcement of the law is not carried out by the police force in any area but by ‘the officers of a local authority’.

The vast majority of pet owners will not qualify for exemption, and if you are unsure if you do qualify for exemption it is highly recommended that you always display ID tags on all of your dogs in a public area to be on the safe side.

As the law is enforced by local authorities, you should seek further information from your local council.

Free Firework Clinic

REMEMBER, REMEMBER THE 5TH NOVEMBER

Unfortunately, fireworks can go off anytime near Bonfire night and beyond.

Is your dog a quivering nervous wreck, who is petrified from the noise fireworks make?

We offer a free clinic, which shows you how to desensitize your dog against the noises of fireworks and receive a free CD.

But now is the time to act, as the sooner you start the better outcome for your dog.

 

Please ring to book an appointment,

or ask at reception.

Holly Wallaby

Holly came to us 3 weeks ago as her mother was unwell and had rejected her and pushed her out of the pouch.

Wallaby joeys are very tiny when born, smaller than a jelly bean and grow inside their mothers pouch. They do not develop any fur until they are about 5 months old so are kept constantly in the pouch until then. The pouch is the equivalent of an incubator. Joeys spend most of their time in the pouch for growth and safety, gradually emerging for longer periods of time until they are ready to be independent at about a year old. They do still squeeze into the pouch after weaning if they feel threatened or scared as this is their place of safety.

Consequently this meant that this baby joey needed a surrogate mum to bottle feed her for the next 6 months or so ! A member of our team took  on the role of ‘mum’ and fed Holly bottles 5 times a day starting at 6.30AM!!

Holly slowly started gaining weight and to nibble on grasses and tree bark as she would in the wild.

She started to follow her ‘mum’ around the garden making a cute chirrup type sound when her ‘mum’ went out of view. When all fed and her tummy was full she retired to her man-made heated pouch and sucked her little toe just like a dummy.

Holly was doing really well when out of the blue she started to become unwell, she started taking less of her bottle and became lethargic. Unfortunately Holly then started with gastrointestinal problems and despite medical and supportive treatment she continued to deteriorate.

Sadly within 24 hours of the sudden onset of her symptoms we had to make the difficult decision to let Holly go as this was the kindest thing to do for her.

Holly was only with us for a short time but made a huge impression and is sadly missed by us all.

Pet Health Plans at Haven Veterinary Group

 

We currently offer a Puppy and Kitten Package at Haven, but as your pet matures into adulthood as a practice we run a pet health plan which helps cover the cost of vaccinations and their flea and worming treatments.  There are many other benefits such as discounts on food, neutering and some treatments, including long term medication.

The plan is a preventative care plan designed to help spread the cost over the years.  It is paid by direct debit monthly, so allows you to budget.

This plan is not an insurance, but will give you an overall saving of approximately 10% a year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photography student comes to Haven Veterinary Group

Late last year we rang the Wilberforce 6th Form College and asked if a photography student fancied coming along and taking some photos of the practice ‘behind the scenes’.

Student Ellie Shepherdson expressed an interest and after meeting with her, she agreed to step outside her comfort zone and try some interior photography.

We would like to say a big thank you to Ellie Shepherdson for taking the time out of her busy schedule of project deadlines, and thought you would like to see the results. 

Violet the Weimaraner joins veterinary nurses to help rescue puppies

How about this for a good news story?

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When the RSPCA Hull and East Riding Branch put out an appeal for people to hand rear eight puppies, kind hearted nurses at Haven Veterinary Group were the first to step forward.

Haven’s Practice Manager, Mandy Dobbs saw the appeal and enlisted her colleague, senior veterinary nurse Hayley Bateman to help hand rear the pups.

Hayley takes up the story: “The eight pups had been delivered by caesarean section at another veterinary practice. Unfortunately, their mum was too emaciated to nurse them, so the RSPCA put out an appeal to find people to hand rear them.

“Mandy asked me if I’d be able to help and suggested that we took four puppies each. As soon as I took them home, my home bred Weimaraner, Violet, whose own litter had been weaned eight months ago, was immediately drawn to the puppies.

“In between the three hourly feeds that I gave the puppies, Violet would groom them and within two weeks, her milk started to come back in and she was able to feed the puppies herself. Although I continued to supplement Violet’s milk with hand feeding, it soon became clear that she had full milk and was able to look after the pups herself.”

Sadly, four of the eight puppies were not strong enough to survive, but Violet’s surrogate litter of one dog and three bitches are now ready to be rehomed.

Hayley concludes: “We’re delighted to have found local homes for two of the puppies, Seth and Kaia with the Homan and Goucher families respectively. Although this story has a happy ending, as the festive season approaches, it does serve as a timely reminder that a dog is for life and not just for Christmas.”

BEWARE THE TOXIC ‘SHROOMS…..

 

can-dogs-eat-mushrooms_8acc39ff3a41a5beWe all want our dogs to be good eaters, but need to be aware that not everything they want to eat may be good! Dogs tend to have adventurous appetites. Also, they will investigate anything new and interesting with their mouths, much as we would with our fingers. This combination of adventurous appetites and inquisitive mouths can get them into trouble. One thing we need to be aware of when our canine companions are happily nosing around on their walks, is that they may inadvertently exposed themselves to nastiness….

 

Recently there have been instances of dogs encountering TOXIC MUSHROOMS on their walks in the East Yorkshire area, and unfortunately this has had serious health consequences for these animals. There is plenty of information available about these mushrooms, which are commonly encountered in urban parks, garden lawns and in the countryside. Somebody with specialist knowledge in the highly complex area of mushroom identification may be able to know edible forms from toxic forms, but it is safest to assume that any mushroom your dog may be showing interest in is best left alone.

 

If you see your dog nosing around an area where you can see mushrooms, move on to an area where these are not present. If your dog may have eaten mushrooms, and is showing any signs of concern (such as vomiting, salivating, dullness) then attend your veterinary surgery at the earliest opportunity.

 

To read more about TOXIC MUSHROOMS and their potential effects on our companion animals, the following websites may be of interest….

 

www.thekennelclub.org.uk/health/for-owners/common-canine-poisons/poisons-in-your-garden-and-household-plants/

 

http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/digestive/c_dg_mushroom_poisoning

 

http://agilitynet.co.uk/health/poisonwarning.html

Written by Phillip Van Der Reit