Archive for October, 2015

Hull Vet Group offers tips for Bonfire Night

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The staff at one of Hull’s leading Veterinary Practices are dispensing advice to help clients manage their pets’ anxieties as Halloween and bonfire night draw closer.

Staff at Haven Veterinary Group in Ketwell Lane, Hedon and Holderness Road, Hull are offering a combination of simple tactics and prescription drugs to help reduce pets’ stress levels.

Practice owner and principal veterinary surgeon Jim Morris said; “Often, simple things like leaving the television on for background noise and shutting the curtains so that pets can’t see the fireworks will help, but in severe cases, we can recommend pheromone diffusers, de-stressing CDs and prescription medication to relieve anxiety.”

Pet owners are invited to visit either practice to discuss the best way to manage their pet’s firework related stresses.

Staff are also asking people to check for hibernating hedgehogs before they light their bonfire.

 

Hedon Vet turns to toys to give tortoise a new lease of life

Vet Kim Barrow examines Harry the TortoiseA Holderness tortoise has been given a new lease of life inspired by the classic children’s construction toy, Meccano.

When Harry the Horsefield tortoise presented at Haven Veterinary Group’s Hedon practice with a swollen leg that refused to heal, vet Kim Barrow was forced to think of a way to keep the weight off 11 year old Harry’s legs.

Dr Barrow explained what happened next: “Harry had injured one of his back legs and was overworking the other one in an attempt to stay mobile. This resulted in swelling that would keep recurring unless we could think of a way to keep the weight off his legs.”

Kim recalled a procedure that she had seen in another practice and, unable to find an off the shelf solution, made a set of wheels from a stainless steel pin and Meccano wheels that she fixed to Harry’s undercarriage using hoof glue.

“The swelling reduced almost immediately and, although Harry managed to pull the first set of wheels off and needed some all-terrain tyres to stop him slipping, we’re delighted to report that he’s making excellent progress.”

Harry’s owner, Mike Davis from Patrington is delighted with Harry’s progress: “Kim specialises in exotic animals and treats all of our tortoises. This is an ingenious solution and has given Harry a new lease of life and means that he can still rule the roost, even as the smallest tortoise in the family!”

Horsefield tortoises originate from Central Asia and are a relatively small species with males reaching only about 16cm in length when fully grown aged around 15.

We’re proud of our Macmillan coffee morning fundraising efforts

Staff and volunteers Macmillan Sept 2015We’re pleased to report that we raised £400 during their Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning fundraiser recently.

Haven Veterinary Group staff set out their stall outside the Post Office in Hedon and sold cakes that had been made by staff and supporters of the Vet’s Hull and Hedon practices.

Jim Morris, Haven’s owner and principal vet, whose wife was among the team that manned the stand, said: “This is the third year that we have raised money for Macmillan and I’m very proud of the team’s baking prowess and fund raising abilities. Over the last two years, we have raised £4,000 for local charities like Carr House Rescue Centre, Bransby Horse Rescue and Dove House and national charities like the British Heart Foundation and Macmillan.

“Thank you to everyone who supported us, baked and bought our cakes and we hope to do as well in our charity fund-raising next year.”

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest charity fundraising event. Last year, the same event raised £25 million for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Haven Veterinary Group has been treating and caring for small and large animals for over a century and its Holderness Road practice is one of only a few nurse training centres in East Yorkshire.