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Remember, remember your pets in November !

Remember, remember your pets in November……we know that #BonfireNight can be great fun, but when it comes to our pets, we also know Guy Fawkes has a lot to answer for!  We’ll be sharing tips on our Facebook page during October of things you can do to help your pet feeling safe.

  • Walk your dog early in the evening and bring your cat indoors before dark.

  • Feed your pet earlier in the day (before fireworks are likely to begin).  Once loud noises have started, your pet may become unsettled and not want to eat.

  • Never force your dog to go outside when fireworks are going off.  If they are happy to venture out, make sure that your garden is secure to prevent an escape in the event of sudden panic.

  • The best way to prepare for fireworks is to think like a dog.  They feel scared as they are alarmed by the loud noises of fireworks, but do not understand that fireworks cannot harm them, so feel safer when they have a hiding space.  You can make your dog a ‘dog den’.  Have a look on the internet for examples or ideas.  We will be re-creating one in our Reception so pop in and have a look.

  • Keep windows and doors closed to minimise noise and draw your curtains to reduce flash and bright lights.  This will also help to reduce escape attempts!  It’s also a good idea to switch the radio on as a distraction.

Lastly not forgetting our pets that live outside, partly cover cages, pens and aviaries with blankets so that one area is well sound-proofed, but make sure your pet can still look out.  Also provide lots of extra bedding for them to burrow in.

If your pet is frightened by loud noises, don’t ignore the problem.  You should always seek advice from your vet.  We have a variety of products available such as pheromone diffusers and suppliments to help calm your pet, we also have leaflets and ask about our sound desensitising CD.

Equine Grass Sickness

As you get ready to turn your horses out to grass we thought it would be useful to give you some information on this disease.

Equine grass sickness is a life-threatening disease affecting the horse’s nervous system and intestinal tract. It is particularly prevalent in the UK. Grass sickness relates to signs of the degeneration of the nerves of the autonomic nervous system. There are two types:

Acute grass sickness this happens suddenly, results in dullness, dropped eyelids, muscle tremoring, and reduced intestinal motility showing as colic. This type of grass sickness is not curable.

Chronic grass sickness can take longer to show, signs include the inability to swallow properly (dysphagia), oesophageal obstruction (sometimes referred to as choke), impaction colic, dry, pelleted faecal balls (sometimes wrapped in dried mucus), dropped eyelids, muscle tremoring, an elevated temperature or heart rate and dullness.No cause for this disease has been identified yet despite numerous theories. Please ring us on 01482 898301, Opt 1 for more information.

Hedon Branch Saturday Closure


Saturday 25th May will be the last time that the Hedon practice is open on a Saturday morning. Appointments will still be available for your pet at the Holderness Road practice which is open from 9am – 4pm. Products such as flea and worm treatment will also be available to collect from the Holderness Road practice as well as repeat medication, providing it has been pre ordered.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause. We feel that we can provide a better service for you and your pet from the Holderness Road practice due to a Veterinary Surgeon and Veterinary Nurse being on site along with a Receptionist. This enables us to perform diagnostic tests and surgical procedures if necessary.

If you have any queries, please speak to the client care team who will be happy to answer any questions.
Thank you.

Nurse Clinics by Lucy Hartlebury-Forman

Nurse Clinics

If you have ever attended one of our veterinary practices, you may have noticed a network of support staff working alongside the veterinary surgeons.  A vital part of this support network are veterinary nurses who perform many roles within the practice, such as:-

  • professional care givers
  • anaesthetists
  • lab technicians and
  • radiographers, just to name but a few.

Another very important role is client and patient support which is offered through our nurse clinics.

Nurse clinics are run by our qualified nurses who can perform procedures such as:-

  • Nail clips
  • Anal gland expression
  • Ear cleaning
  • Dental hygiene demonstrations
  • 2nd vaccinations

They also offer advice and support to pet owners on specific topics such as:-

  • Puppy and kitten advice
  • Senior pet advice
  • Nervousness and anxiety issues
  • Rabbit care advice
  • Weight clinics

Weight clinics allow our nurses to offer help and support to clients who wish to help their pet achieve a healthy body weight and size, reducing the risk of diabetes, arthritis ad heart problems.  The initial consultation, which often takes 20-30 minutes, enables the nurse to take measurements from the neck, chest and waist and check the pet’s current weight and body condition score.

The ideal body weight and body condition score are discussed and agreed and from this information, the nurse can then create a plan suitable for the clients to follow at home.  The client and pet are then invited to attend a weight clinics monthly in order to monitor any weight gain or loss, and the advice and support are altered to offer the best possible outcome for the pet.  These clinics are FREE.


There are a wide range of weight reducing/gaining/maintenance diets as well as feeding equipment to assist with weight monitoring and gentle exercise should be encouraged within the household.  We also stock low calorie dog treats for those owners who still like to treat their beloved pet whilst keeping up a balanced weight loss diet.

For more information or to book in or a nurse clinic, please contact your nearest practice.

Hedon 01482 898301

Holderness Road 01482 376477


Canine Arthritis by Laura Clubley

Canine Arthritis

As winter approaches we are more likely to see signs of arthritic changes in our pets, mainly due to the British weather! Four out of five older dogs will suffer with arthritis.

These signs include slowing down on walks, becoming less enthusiastic or struggling to get up and down easily. Showing signs of stiffness, lameness, an arched back or squatting differently or whilst moving. These change of behaviours will most often be seen at home, not on an ‘exciting’ walk.

Factors which make this worse include:

  • Cold damp weather
  • Draughts
  • Overweight (overweight dogs are more likely to develop arthritis earlier)
  • Muscle loss
  • Uneven or slippery surfaces

Arthritis management must be combination of solutions to be effective. This includes veterinary based treatments and medications, but also changes at home:

  • Pain Management – starting with a consult/ health check, your pet may benefit from anti-inflammatory medications


  • Weight management – Free nurse clinics are available to book most weekday afternoons (A 5-10% loss in bodyweight leads to significantly improved symptoms – the same as starting a pain relief medication)


  • Diet/ Supplements – EPA (Eicosopentanoic Acid) reduces cartilage damage helping the joint surface – found in prescription diets or in Green lipped mussel extract eg Yumove Advance (10% discount with senior pet clinic)


  • Exercise Management – Regular exercise within your dog’s capabilities is beneficial to maintain muscle mass and strength (but take time to build up distance/ inclines)


  • Keep warm and out of draughts – Raised/padded pet bed, dry your dog’s legs after a walk, use a dog coat to keep them warm and dry


  • Environment Management – Use carpet runners on slippery floors, ramps and smaller stairs for large steps or the car, avoid unsupervised use of the stairs


  • Physiotherapy/ Water walker – Aim to maintain and strengthen muscles to help protect joints and counterbalance joint stiffness/ fibrosis. Also to increase your pet’s mobility and range of joint movements. Exercises can be done at home or at a specialist centre.



CAM – Canine Arthritis also found on Facebook + Twitter

Final Stages of Holderness Road Refurbishment

We are now in the final stages of the major refurbishment of our Holderness Road branch because we want to give your pets the best possible care.  We’d like to thank all of our customers for their patience during this time and  Jim would also like to invite you to our Open Day on Sunday 30th September.  Look out for details coming shortly.

Meanwhile here are some photos of our new look reception with dedicated cat waiting area.  We are almost there, phew !

Jordan Sinclair – 3 Months at Haven Vet Group

Hello, I’m Jordan – one of the new(ish) vets at Haven. I graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2017 and joined the Haven team in March after spending 6 months in mixed practice on my home turf in Leicestershire. Throughout university, I had the opportunity to spend some time abroad gaining experience in various disciplines of veterinary, including wildlife medicine in South Africa, a charity neutering clinic for street dogs in India and, most recently, I spent a month in Morocco at an equine hospital caring for the working donkeys, mules and horses of Fez.



My family has a small farm in Leicester, which is home to a variety of animals with the most recent addition being a cheeky Shetland foal. Before university I was a keen showjumper and continued the competitive streak through my studies as part of the university riding teams. Now I ride when I can and also enjoy cycling, having recently started a velodrome accreditation course.


I’m particularly interested in internal medicine but am keen to get involved in all aspects of small animal and equine practice. Since I began working at Haven, I feel very much welcomed into the team. Every vet is friendly, approachable and keen to teach. I never have to worry about not being able to get help if I’m stuck and all of the vets are happy to support me through the challenges of being a recently graduated vet. This has made it a great environment to learn in and gain confidence in myself after having a bit of a rough start to my career as a vet. I’m so thankful to my colleagues for that and am excited to continue working at Haven and seeing more of beautiful Yorkshire.



Haven Vet Group can now test your pets eye pressure

Did you know, that at Haven Vets we can now measure your pet’s eye pressure quickly with a patient- friendly tonometer?

Why check your pet’s eye pressure?


Most eye diseases cause redness of the eye. Fast, discrete measurement supplies important information; we can distinguish between harmless and serious eye problems, such as glaucoma



Why is it important to spot signs of glaucoma early?

Glaucoma not only causes blindness, but can also lead to irreversible eye damage and severe pain. Early treatment is absolutely essential to avoid permanent damage!

Is my pet at risk?

Here is a list of dog breeds predisposed to glaucoma:

Afghan Border Collie Cocker Spaniel Great Dane Newfoundland Samoyed
 Akita Boston Terrier Dachshund Greyhound Norfolk Terrier Schnauzer (all varieties)
Alaskan Malamute Bouvier des Flanders Dalmatian Irish Setter Norwegian Elkhound Scottish Terrier
American Eskimo Dog Brittany Brittany Dandie Dinmont Terrier Italian Greyhound Norwich Terrier Sealyham Terrier
Australian Cattle Dog Bullmastiff English Cocker Spaniel Keeshond Pekingese Shar Pei
Basset Hound Cairn Terrier English Springer Spaniel Labrador Retriever Pembroke  Welsh Corgi Shiba Inu
Beagle Cardigan Entlebucher Mountain Dog Lakeland Terrier Petit Basset  Griffon Vendéen Shih Tzu
Bedlington Terrier Welsh Corgi Flat-coated Retriever Maltese Poodle (all varieties) Siberian Husky
Bichon Frise Chihuahua Fox Terrier (all varieties) Manchester Terrier Pug Skye Terrier
Blue Healer Chow Chow Golden Retriever Miniature Pinscher Saluki Tibetan Terrier
Welsh Springer Spaniel
Welsh Terrier
West Highland Terrier

So if your pet is one of the breeds at risk of developing glaucoma, why not pay us a visit and ask about pet friendly eye pressure check.

If you notice red, bloodshot eye; sudden cloudiness; pain; or a swollen, bulging eye, then please contact us immediately. Any delay could result in the animal becoming blind.

Written by Antony Bada MRCVS





Summer Newsletter 2018

Three Peaks Challenge for Nice 2b Nice

We have a team from Haven Veterinary Group taking on a challenge with the help of some friends in order to raise money for our local charity Nice 2b Nice

About the charity – “creating awareness whilst supporting those in need of specialist equipment and support and making a few smiles with our surprise days.”

Lewis is a therapy labrador in training who visits those in need to offer comfort and affection. This is an excellent service and is therefore Haven Veterinary Group’s nominated charity for the year

Our challenge – The National Three Peaks Challenge!

We aim to complete all 3 of the highest mountains in the UK within 24 hours.

BEN NEVIS – Scotland · SCAFELL PIKE– England · SNOWDON – Wales

JULY 12th 5pm Challenge begins!

The clock starts, and we begin the climb of Ben Nevis.

10pm – Complete Ben Nevis, begin six hour drive to Scafell Pike

4am – Arrive at Scafell Pike and begin ascent

Climbing from either Wasdale Head, or from Seathwaite.

8am – Complete Scafell Pike, begin five hour drive to Snowdon

1pm – Arrive at Snowdon and begin ascent


Complete the Three Peaks Challenge!

Training has begun for the national 3 peak challenge! Starting with a snowy walk up Pen Y Ghent with Pippa Kaplowitch and Emma Wyndham at the start of February and then a lengthy 18k walk around Huggate with Joanna Rawson.