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We’re delighted to be hopping to it for Rabbit Awareness Week

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Rabbits in the Hull and Hedon areas will enjoy a week in the spotlight as staff at an East Yorkshire veterinary group prepare for the tenth anniversary of the national event, Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW).

Haven Vet Group is getting into the spirit of the awareness week, a campaign to promote rabbit welfare, which takes place from June 18 to 26.

Small animal vet Kimberley Barrow and registered veterinary nurse Andrea Pugh are working together to lead the events which will be taking place at the practice during this week.

Rabbit owners can now book their pets in for a free bunny MOT and complimentary claw clip from June 18 to 26. This includes a nose to tail examination to check the rabbit’s health and wellbeing, and visitors can also get advice on diet, neutering, vaccination, parasite treatments, behaviour and weight.

Both the Holderness Road, Hull and Ketwell Lane, Hedon practices are also offering a 10 per cent discount for owners who’d like to book their rabbits in for a vaccination or neutering during the month of June.

Andrea said: “Sadly, rabbits can be overlooked as pets. Most dog and cat owners would notice straight away if their pet was not eating or unwell, but rabbits sometimes do not receive the care they need.

“Generally, we tend to see a lot of dental issues, such as overgrown teeth. Rabbits also need to be let out of their hutches to get exercise – in the wild, they are free to run around in areas equivalent to three football pitches, so this is really important. They are complex animals, perhaps more complex than people realise, and seriously need looking after.”

Cage hygiene is also something Andrea is keen to make rabbit owners aware of.

“Rabbits are susceptible to fly strike which occurs when the rabbit is not kept adequately clean at the rear. This attracts flies that can get in and when the maggots hatch, they eat the flesh. We have seen some shocking cases of this.”

She has compiled a fact sheet to hand out to all owners who make appointments for a rabbit examination at either of the practices.

According to the RAW website, rabbits are the fourth most popular pet in the UK with 8,000 rabbits being kept as pets.

This year’s campaign is focusing on companionship for rabbits, with the hashtag #BuddiesforBunnies taking a focus.

“Companionship for rabbits is a good thing, but owners need to know how to introduce a new rabbit in the best way possible, and this is also something we can advise on,” Andrea adds.

For more details and to book your free bunny MOT and complimentary claw clip, vaccination and neutering, call the Holderness Road practice on 01482 376477 and the Hedon practice on 01482 898301.

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.

 

Hull Vet Group supports on form boys’ football team

Josh Storey, twins Archie and George Gooderham and Kate DanbyHull and Holderness Veterinary Surgeons, Haven Veterinary Group, held an Easter raffle to help a flourishing boys football team to buy new training tops.

Staff and customer of the group’s practices on Holderness Road, Hull and Ketwell Lane, Hedon, raised over £117.50 towards training tops for the on form team that is unbeaten in Under 10’s Group Five of the Hull Boys Sunday League.

Managed by former Hedon Rangers senior player, Jon Storey, Hedon Rangers Pythons was a new team last season that was formed when the original Hedon Rangers team became oversubscribed.

Commenting on the raffle, Jon Storey said: “They’re a great group of committed footballers and we’re very grateful to Haven Veterinary Group’s continued support.”

Evie Beattie from Haven Veterinary Group said: “We have been proud supporters of Hedon Rangers Pythons since they formed last year and we’re delighted to see them doing so well.

We’re pleased to able to support youngsters playing sport in the community. They’re obviously really loving their football and it’s a joy to watch.”

The winner of the Hedon raffle was Mrs Paviour, whose son runs the Hedon Rangers Academy for boys and girls aged 5 to 7 and the winner of the Hull raffle was Mr Overton.

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.

Hedon Rangers AFC was formed in 1982 to provide organised football for the boys and girls within the Hedon Area.

The Hull Boys Sunday Football League was formed in 1959 and currently has over 450 teams playing in 41 divisions from Under 7 to Under 18.

Hull Veterinary group to kick off fund-raising at Christmas light switch-on

Staff from Carr House Rescue Centre with HavenA local veterinary group will be taking to the Hedon Christmas light switch-on on 28th November in a first for the practice as part of their Christmas fund-raising events in support of Carr House Rescue and Bransby Horses.

Employees at the Haven Veterinary Group, with practices in Hull and Hedon, have been busy preparing for their stall by holding a staff pet photo shoot to create an innovative pet calendar.

Evie Beattie, senior practice administrator, organised the events and said: “The photo-shoot was great to get us in the mood for Christmas – chaos ensued but we got some superb photos!

“Please come and see us on the night and in the branches and help us to support these very deserving charities.”

During the Hedon switch-on, which takes place on November 28th, the Haven team will also be selling Christmas cards with the photographs of staff pets, cat and dog goodie bags, horse treat bags, home-made cat and dog biscuits and other surprise items.

They will also be holding an ‘Adopt a cuddly’ prize draw competition on the night.

The calendars and cards will also be on sale at both practices along with pet goodie bags from December 1, alongside raffles at both branches for a luxury hamper at Hedon and a hamper and cuddly toy at the Hull practice.

The 100 year old veterinary group is raising money for Hull-based Carr House Dog Rescue and Lincolnshire charity Bransby Horses, one of the UK’s largest equine welfare charities.

For queries regarding any areas of pet health and wellbeing, please contact Haven at Hedon on 01482 898301 or Holderness Road on 01482 376477. 

Hull Veterinary group warns of Myxomatosis danger

rabbitsA local veterinary group is urging rabbit owners to ensure their pets are vaccinated against the deadly Myxomatosis virus.

Haven Veterinary Group, which has practices in Hull and Hedon, is actively encouraging owners to take advantage of their vaccination offer to protect their pet rabbits against contracting the disease, which is almost always fatal.

Jim Morris, principal vet and owner of the Haven Veterinary Group, said:

“Myxomatosis is a severe viral disease of rabbits that decimated the wild rabbit population when it arrived in Britain 50 years ago.  Domestic rabbits are also susceptible to the disease and deaths in pets are increasing every year.  The disease is most commonly spread by blood-sucking insects such as fleas and mosquitoes but it can also spread between rabbits in close contact with each other.

 

Mr Morris added: “In recent weeks we have seen a considerable increase in the number of rabbits infected with Myxomatosis.

“We believe that due to the mild autumn we have had, fleas and mosquitoes are still about so the disease is more prevalent than normal. Unfortunately, domestic rabbits do not have any genetically based immunity against myxomatosis

“The good news is that we provide a yearly vaccination which protects pet rabbits against the virus and it also includes protection against viral haemorrhagic disease.”

Haven Veterinary Group is offering the vaccination for £25.99.

To book a vaccination appointment call the Hedon practice on 01482 898301 or the Hull practice on 01482 376477.

For other queries regarding Myxomatosis or any other areas of pet health and well being, please contact either practice.

Hull Veterinary Surgeon sees success

Antony BadaThe lead veterinary surgeon at the Holderness Road branch of Haven Veterinary Group is celebrating after gaining a prestigious qualification in ophthalmology.

Antony Bada was awarded the General Practitioner certificate in Ophthalmology after studying with the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS) and can now offer a full range of diagnostic, surgical, and therapeutic treatment of eye disorders for large and small animals.

Of the achievement, Antony said: “It was a comprehensive and stimulating course that gave me a thorough understanding of the anatomy, development and physiology of the eye and covered the full spectrum of ocular diseases that I am likely to see in both the Hedon and Holderness Road practices.”

31 year old Antony graduated in Poland and joined Haven Vet Group in 2011.  He also enjoys soft tissue surgery and cardiology.

Practice owner and principal veterinary surgeon, Jim Morris said: “This is a tremendous achievement.  Antony worked very hard and the qualification is well deserved.  We’re proud to be one of only a few practices in the area that can offer this service.”

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.