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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.

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.”

Hull Veterinary group warns of Myxomatosis danger

A 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.