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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.

We’re delighted to welcome new RVN, Andrea Pugh to our practice

Andrea Pugh RVN rWe’re pleased to announce that Mrs Andrea Pugh has joined the team at Haven Veterinary Group as a full-time RVN and clinical coach to the trainee veterinary nurses and will work out of both the Hull and Hedon practices.

Mrs Pugh started her career as a receptionist at a veterinary practice in Bridlington before beginning her veterinary nursing training in 2013 at The College of Animal Welfare in Tingley near Leeds.

After completing the two-year course and qualifying as a registered veterinary nurse, Mrs Pugh continued to work in Bridlington where she still lives.

At Haven Veterinary Group she said she wants to make more people aware of the services veterinary nurses offer.

“I’m delighted to join the team at Haven.  It’s been a while since we have had a practising RVN at the Holderness Road branch, and we’d like to remind people that I am here for them to chat with should they have any issues with their pets. The RVN role is similar to that of a Nurse Practitioner at a Doctor’s surgery and I can make referrals to the vet where necessary.”

Mrs Pugh also offers weight management and adolescent clinics for puppies and kittens, senior clinics, second vaccinations, nail clippings and anal gland expressions, among other services.

She is one of the practice’s two clinical coaches for any students training to be a RVN.

Haven Vet Group owner and principal vet Jim Morris said: “Andrea is an excellent addition to the team at both practices.

“We have recently invested significantly in our Holderness Road practice, and we’re keen to continue to offer much-needed extended services like weight management clinics and excellent levels of care for all our patients.”

Here’s an update about the refurbishments at the Holderness Road practice

Jim Morris in the isolation wardPet owners in the Hull area will soon be able to make the most of an upgrade and refurbishment at Haven Veterinary Group’s Holderness Road practice following extensive work at the surgery.

The vet group has kept its Hull branch open during the five-month refurbishment project which has seen the group invest in a six-figure sum for the works.

Haven Veterinary Group owner and Principal Vet Jim Morris said: “This is one of the most significant upgrades for the surgical and hospital areas that I’ve seen since I joined the practice 25 years ago.

“The practice was originally formed from two private dwellings on the site and we have always strived to improve our services with frequent upgrades.

“By doing so, we’re able to continue to provide excellent levels of care for the animals we see to.”

One of the most eagerly awaited changes to the surgery is addition of new dedicated cat and reptile wards.

“This means our furry and scaly visitors will be able to stay somewhere they feel safe, and out of the gaze of large dogs which makes a huge difference to them,” adds Mr Morris.

There is also a new purpose-built isolation facility, a dedicated training room and walk-in kennels for large dogs. Lights and tables for the operating theatres have also been upgraded alongside the laboratory equipment, enabling the practice to provide more in-house tests with quicker results.

The updates follow the refurbishment of the dirty operations and radiology areas at the clinic last year.

The works are being undertaken for the practice by Hull-based building company MK Services.

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.

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.

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 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.

Hull Veterinary group’s fundraising bonanza

The Haven Veterinary Group Race for Life team 2014Local and national charities are £692 better off thanks to the fundraising efforts of a team of Hull Veterinary Group employees.

Last month, staff at Haven Veterinary Group in Hedon and Hull attended the car boot sale in Paull and raised  £260 that was divided equally between Alzheimer’s Society and Hedon Rangers Pythons Under 9s football club and earlier this month, seven ladies completed the Hull Race for Life in gruelling heat and raised over £432 for national cancer charities. 

The Race for Life team comprised organiser, Senior Practice Administrator, Evie Beattie, Head Nurse, Mandy Dobbs; vets, Kim Barrow and Pippa Kaplowitch,  veterinary nurses Katy Pyle and Evie’s daughter, Reegan, a Maths intervention teacher at Archbishop Sentamu School.

Evie Beattie said: “We had a wide range of ages from 21 to 52 and varying degrees of athletic prowess, but we all shared the same enjoyment and sense of achievement at the finish.”

As a token of appreciation for the support that Haven Veterinary Group has given to Hedon Rangers Pythons in kit sponsorship and donations this season, Evie Beattie was invited to present the prizes at the end of season presentations.

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.