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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.

Hull Veterinary Group offers help for new puppy owners

Vespa 2The practicalities of caring for a new puppy is something pet owners owners might not think about straight away, so Haven Veterinary Group is issuing information for those who have made a furry addition to the household since Christmas, as well as those contemplating getting a puppy.

The group’s advice comes ahead of new legislation which requires dog owners in England to microchip and register their dog. The new laws will come into force from April 6.

Jim Morris, Haven Veterinary Group owner and Principal Vet, said: “We want to help new pet owners give their animals a healthy start to life.

“While puppies are a joy to have around, they also require a great deal of commitment, hard work and effort to care for. We would like people to know that they can contact either of our branches at Hedon or Hull for help and guidance regarding their new pets.”

The team at Haven Veterinary Group have put together seven top tips for new dog owners:

1. Make an appointment for a check-up with the vet as soon as you have your puppy. During this visit, the vet will check the overall health of your puppy and be able to advise you on vaccinations, worming and health issues.

2. Ensure you microchip and register your dog – and make sure you keep the details up to date. Haven Veterinary Group offers microchipping services at both practices. From April 6 this year, microchipping will be a legal requirement.

3. Put thought into the environment you create for your dog. Puppies need a draught-free, warm, quiet and clean place to sleep. You will have to teach them where to eat and train them where to go to the toilet.

4. Strongly consider neutering your dog. This will help reduce the number of unwanted pets, prevent diseases and some unwanted behaviours.

5. Always use a food suitable for your puppy’s breed and size, and make sure clean, fresh drinking water is available. You can ask your vet for advice on what, and how much, to feed your puppy.

6. Your puppy will want something to chew on so try a nylon bone, rawhide chews or large hard biscuits.

7. Take the time to gently expose your puppy to as many experiences as possible. Meeting other puppies and dogs (only when protected by vaccinations), new people, sights and sounds will help your puppy to be well-socialised and well-behaved.

For puppy, and kitten, owners who register their pet with them, Haven Veterinary Group, are offering a free pack including a voucher for a free routine health check with a nurse that includes a free flea and worm treatment, a slip lead or a soft toy, a beginner’s guide to owning a puppy or a kitten, information on health plans and pet insurance, and a Haven fridge magnet with the practices’ contact details.

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.

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 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.

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 launches affordable equine healthcare plan

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As the Holderness Point to Point prepares to welcome riders to the picturesque Dalton Park near Beverley on 15th March, a Hull and Holderness Veterinary Group has launched an Equine Pet Plan to help spread the cost of looking after your horse.

Haven Veterinary Group has run a popular Pet Health Plan for several years and has added an Equine Health Plan in response to customer demand for a way of providing affordable, preventative equine care.

Of the new plan, practice owner and principal veterinary surgeon, Jim Morris said:  “It is estimated that there are just under a million horses in the UK and the upkeep of these is over £3,000 per horse.  The Equine Health Plan includes an annual flu and tetanus vaccination, regular monitoring for round worms, an annual tapeworm treatment and discounts on long term medication and on some other procedures carried out by Haven.

“It is not horse insurance but helps pay for regular preventative treatment that insurance doesn’t cover”.

The price is £10.31per month for a pony/riding horse and £12.11 per month for a large horse.  More details are available from the Hedon practice by calling 01482 898301 or Holderness Road on 01482 376477.