Archive for November, 2016

Violet the Weimaraner joins veterinary nurses to help rescue puppies

How about this for a good news story?


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.”



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….

Written by Phillip Van Der Reit