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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.

 

Hull Veterinary group dispenses holiday advice

As temperatures rise in Hull and East Yorkshire, a local veterinary group is urging people to consider the impact of sunshine and summer holidays on their pets.

Vets and nursing staff at Haven Veterinary Group in Hedon and Hull are reminding clients about the importance of protecting pets against ticks and fleas and the necessity to vaccinate well before pets go to kennels and catteries.

Principal vet Jim Morris is based at the group’s rural practice in Hedon and warns; “The incidence of fleas has increased during the current warm spell and we must also be vigilant about ticks, especially with dogs that enjoy country walks.  As well as causing severe skin irritation, fleas play a vital part in the tapeworm’s life cycle, so early intervention is vital.”

Jim also urges people to plan ahead when thinking of pre-holiday vaccinations for their pets in the same way that they do for themselves; “Cats and dogs that are going into kennels need to be vaccinated against all the core diseases plus kennel cough and vaccines must be given at least two weeks before you are due to leave your pet.  Kennel cough is not normally one of the core vaccines that vets offer, so you will have to ask for it specifically.”

Staff are encouraging pet owners to safeguard against fleas for the whole of the summer and are also reiterating the need to treat not only the pet but areas of the house where eggs and larvae may live.  “Particular attention should be given to carpets and rugs where the pet spends most time and warm areas near radiators” advises Jim.

Call 01482 898301 or visit Haven Veterinary Group at 34 Ketwell Lane, Hedon or 684 Holderness Road, Hull for more information about vaccinating your pet and flea prevention and treatment.

Crazy Critters on a Collision Course on Chamberlain Road

Dove House 260715 Haven Team TrafficIt seems the traffic situation in Hull is getting even crazier. Meet some of the Crazy Critters team from Haven Veterinary Practice who took part in the International It’s a Knockout competition on Saturday 25th July. The event was held at Chamberlain Road in Hull in aid of Dove House Hospice and just like all the other teams taking part the Haven entrants, comprised of ten staff from their Hedon and Hull practices, committed to raising a minimum donation of £500.

“I am delighted,” says the Critters’ team leader Vet Mandy Dobbs, “ to report that we actually exceeded our target and raised £600 for this vitally important charity. To be honest we didn’t turn out to be champions of the day. We came 6th out of 9 teams, but we had so much fun we can’t wait to make this an annual event for our staff.”

The organisers, Graham Fisher, promised both the supporters and public spectators a fun filled experience with “water, foam, inflatable’s and a few tactical challenges on the road to glory.”

The Crazy Critter team members pictured here on course for hilarious collision are, left to right, Phil Van der Reit, Antony Bada, Laura Clubley, Karen Higgins & Kharis Collinson

Hull Vets limber up to take on charity challenge

Haven Veterinary Group crazy crittersMembers of the Crazy Critters team at Haven Veterinary Group are collectively psyching up to take part in the International It’s a Knockout competition on Saturday 25th July. The event is being held at Chamberlain Road in Hull in aid of Dove House Hospice and the Haven entrants, comprising ten staff from their Hedon and Holderness Road practices have committed to raising a minimum donation of £500.4

Organisers of the competition have promised both the supporters and public spectators a fun filled experience with water, foam, inflatables and a few tactical challenges on the road to glory.

“We really want to help Dove House Hospice,” reported Veterinarian Pippa Kaplowich, “because it is such a valuable charity. To be honest, it just looks like it’s going to be great fun too.”

You can Support the Crazy Critters by visiting www.justgiving.com/Havenveterinary

Left to right, Pippa Kaplowich, Hayley Bateman, Kharis Collinson, Phillip van der Riet, in front Antony Bada and Tarquin the Dog.

 

 

Hedon Care Home’s Canine Celebration

Magdalen Park Pet Show winnersAside from Britain’s worldwide reputations for courage in adversity, prowess in innovation and the financial hub of the western world, we Brits are universally known for our love of our pets. In all breeds, shapes and sizes virtually every household has a four-footed friend. For many of us in later years this all changes when we find new living arrangements in a residential care home. Magdalen Park Nursing Home in Hedon has, however, recently taken a new initiative to address this sensitive issue.

“We recognize,” says Magdalen Events Organiser, Steph Ashton, “that residents keeping a whole variety of personal pets is not feasible here, so we looked at the situation a different way. We really want to be part of the community, maintaining relationships between our residents and their carers, friends and families, so we invited them to bring their pets here to visit us for a special Prize Pet Show recently.

“We wanted the event to be properly organized and professionally judged so I asked around our residents’ visitors and so many of them recommended the local Haven Veterinary Practice as their first choice for pet care, so I asked them if they could spare the time to help us with our special day.”

“I thought this was such a great idea,” says Haven Vet, Pippa Kaplowich, “that I didn’t hesitate to volunteer. I even took my Labrador, Tarquin along to meet the other pets. This was no serious “Best In Show”. It was fun day for residents and local people of all ages, especially when Chewy the Rabbit escaped from his owner and everyone was chasing around the lawn to grab him. I hope this great day for the residents and community will be an annual event and we will be proud to be part of it.”

Stray rehomed after vet operates free of charge

Ruffles with Head Vet Antony Bada and Vet Kim BarrowA stray puppy that required major orthopaedic surgery has been rehomed.

Haven Veterinary Group waived their fees to treat the stray after the 18 month old dog was picked up by Hull City Council’s Dog Warden in the Orchard Park area. The dog, a Jack Russell type puppy that Haven staff named Ruffles, was taken to Holderness Road surgery by staff at Carr House Rescue Centre, from where she was rehomed.

Of the Femoral Head Excision procedure, Haven Veterinary Group owner and principal vet, Jim Morris said: “We had no alternative to surgery in order to free the dog from pain. We were pleased with the surgery and are delighted that he has a new home and is recovering well.”

Norma Anderson from Carr House Rescue Centre said: “Thanks to the generosity of the team at Haven, Ruffles is doing well. He was rehomed by Sue Grantham who lives in Withernsea and it is hoped that walks on the beach will help his leg become stronger.”

Senior Practice Administrator, Evie Beattie said: “We work closely with Carr House Rescue Centre and we couldn’t let the puppy suffer.”

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.

Veterinary Group invests in equine x-ray machine and ultrasound equipment

horsesA Hull veterinary group has invested in new portable x-ray and ultrasound equipment to extend its range of equine services.

The portable x-ray machine is the first for the Haven Veterinary Group, that has practices in Hull and Hedon, and the equipment will be based at the group’s large animal practice in Ketwell Lane, Hedon.

With the investment in the equipment, the group can now offer equine orthopaedic imaging using both x-ray and ultrasound for tendons, ligaments, joints and bones.

With the accompaniment of a digital processor, the vets can access images immediately.

The group first used the x-ray machine in September and Pippa Kaplowitch, a mixed animal vet who does most of the horse work, will operate the machine with the help of head nurse Mandy Dobbs.

Miss Kaplowitch said: “This new equipment means we are able to expand our equine department and provide clients with better services.”

Miss Dobbs said the new facility enables the team to do the diagnostics themselves whereas in the past, they would have to refer the animal to be x-rayed.

“The portable machine reduces stress on the horses as they do not have to travel and sometimes the owners don’t have transport so we can take the machine to the yard where the horse is kept.

“It also helps to limit further damage to the horse in cases of suspected fractures.”

 The machine, provided by Processing Imaging Equipment Services, Huddersfield, is completely portable and can easily be transported to any of the areas that Haven’s Hull and Hedon practices cover.