The Importance of Maintaining Parasite Protection During the Coronavirus Lockdown

With recent events, it’s understandable that we’re all a little preoccupied, and it might be easy to forget your pet’s usual flea, tick and worming treatments.

But it’s important to keep up with regular preventative treatments to make sure your pet stays healthy and avoids unnecessary visits to the vet during the Coronavirus lockdown.

With the whole household spending more time at home, it’s extremely important to be parasite free.  That’s we are working in new ways to make sure your pet receives the care they deserve.

If you do have any concerns about your pets health or need a prescription for your routine medication, we can even arrange a telephone consultation*.

Call us or follow the link for more information on how to keep your pet’s parasite free:

Flea Protection During Lockdown

Is your pet scratching, irritable and shedding more fur than usual?

As the temperatures go up, so does the flea activity!  These little critters like warm environments.  So as the Coronavirus lockdown continues into the warmer months it’s important to keep on top of the treatment.

Living in close quarters during the coronavirus lockdown might make the signs your pet has fleas more noticeable.  And it may also mean you’re more at risk of being bitten!

The good news is protecting your pet against fleas, as well as treating the home environment, can help avoid infestations in the home.

Lungworm and the risks during lockdown

Enjoy your garden with your dog, but beware there are hidden risks in your garden, including lungworm.

Preventative treatment for lungworm is only available on prescription

Lungworm is a type of parasitic worm than can infect the heart, blood vessels and lungs of dogs, and it can be fatal.  It is transmitted to dogs by slugs and snails.

Dogs can contact lungworm by ingesting infected slugs and snails, and even their slime trail can carry infective larvae.   You may not even be aware that your dog has swallowed a slug, snail or the slime trail as this could be hidden in grass, on outside dog toys or hidden on an outside water bowl.

Intestinal Worms during Lockdown

Roundworm eggs can survive for several years in environment and one female roundworm can lay up to 85,000 eggs each day!

So even if you’re not getting out and about with your dog as much as usual during the coronavirus lockdown, it doesn’t mean they can’t still pick up intestinal worms.

Ticks during Lockdown

Please still keep an eye out for ticks if you and your dog have been out for your walk, or in the garden.

Ticks aren’t picky – They’ll happily bite a dog, a cat or even you!

The best way to protect you and your pet from tick-borne diseases is by preventing ticks biting in the first place.  And during the coronavirus lockdown, keeping your home tick-free is as important as ever.

And remember you can help your pet avoid ticks with a regular tick treatment.

Equine Vaccinations during Covid-19

Good afternoon to all of our equine clients 😊

We are pleased to inform you that following advice from the RCVS we are now able to start administering some vaccinations.

We will be offering appointments for initial vaccine courses (1st, 2nd and 3rd injections) and annual boosters. Unfortunately we will NOT be offering 6 monthly flu vaccinations as this is not currently a priority.

Equine vaccines can ONLY proceed if they can be administered while maintaining 2m social distancing. The horse must be tied up and tolerate having an injection administered without needing to be held by the owner. If your horses temperament will not allow this, please do not call to arrange an appointment at this current time. Our aim is to maintain the health and safety of our clients and our team at all times.

If you or anyone in your household is currently self isolating or suffering from symptoms of COVID-19, please inform the reception team and they will work with you to arrange the safest way for your horse to be vaccinated.

Please be patient during this difficult time as our phone lines are extremely busy and we are working with a reduced team.

Thank you 😊

Vaccines during Covid-19

Good morning from the Haven team 😊

Following recent new guidelines from the RCVS we are pleased to announce that we are now able to start giving vaccinations to your pets at both of our practices.

We must still follow government guidelines for social distancing therefore we have put special measures in place to minimise the risk to human health for both our clients and our team.
We will be prioritising those pets that are more vulnerable:

🐾 puppy 1st and 2nd vaccines
🐾 kitten 1st and 2nd vaccines
🐾 1st year booster vaccines
🐾 rabbit vaccines

We are currently delaying all adult dog and cat annual boosters until mid-May unless they are at a higher risk of infection.

Please contact the surgery to arrange an appointment.

Here is the gorgeous Murphy who was a very brave boy for his 1st vaccine this morning when he came into the practice without his parents to demonstrate social distancing


Teeth Brushing Tips

5 Simple steps to brushing your pets teeth

Keen to keep your pet’s mouth in sparkling shape, but not sure where to start?  Here are some handy tips that will hopefully make your lives a little bit easier when it comes to brushing time!

  1. Using pet toothpaste, smear a little onto your finger ans let your pet lick it off to get used to the taste.
  2. Pop some pet toothpaste on a finger brush, and gently rub it on your pet’s teeth for a short time only.  Reward them with lots of praise if they let you do this without any fuss.
  3. Gradually build this up, brushing their teeth more frequently and for longer periods.
  4. When they’re happy to accept the finger brush, move up to a full toothpaste, and repeat steps 2 and 3. (ask your vet about pet friendly brushes)
  5. Once your pet is happy with having their teeth brushed, try to do this on a daily basis.  It can make a huge difference to your pet’s dental health.

If you have any concerns about your pet’s dental health, please do not hesitate to contact us – we’re here to help.

Coronavirus Advice

We realise this is a worrying time for all our clients, and we ask that you help us to reduce the risk to our visitors and the practice so that we can continue to care for your pets.

  • If you or anyone in your immediate family/household are unwell or showing symptoms that could be attributable to the Coronavirus, we respectfully ask you not to visit the practice at the moment. If your pet requires urgent assistance please call us, so we can discuss the best option to take care of them.
  • Please make sure you use the hand sanitisers available when you visit the practice. Frequent hand washing is one of the most effective measures we can all take to protect ourselves and each other.
  • As you are all aware we can get pretty busy at times. In order to reduce any overcrowding please only allow your pet to bring one owner along to their appointment!
  • Should you wish to minimise your time around other people, you can wait in your car, call us from the car park to let us know you are here, we will call you in the practice once the vet is ready to see you.
  • We would like to avoid cash payments wherever possible so please bring you bank card for payment.
  • It is possible we may be able to help your pet without you bringing them in for an appointment. If you are unsure whether a visit is necessary please call us to discuss.

As the current situation is rapidly changing, we will keep you updated with any changes as they occur.

Vets Volunteer at Castrate Clinic

Last week, our vets Jordan and Éadaoin joined a team of equine vets to volunteer at a castration clinic in Lancashire.

These clinics are ran in conjunction with the British Horse Society and the BEVA (British Equine Veterinary Association) Trust, to provide discounted castrations and other routine healthcare advice for horses who may have not received veterinary care previously.

These clinics run in various locations throughout the country during the spring and autumn months.














To find out more, visit  or contact the BHS Welfare team via . Alternatively, to book a colt castration from the comfort of your horse’s own stable, please contact the Haven Large Animal team on 01482 898301











Haven Vet Group forms ‘Green Group’

We have recently formed a “Green Group” at Haven, with the aim of becoming a more sustainable and environmentally friendly practice. Look out for news on our green initiatives in the coming months. If you want to do your bit to go greener, here’s our top tips for sustainable pet-ownership:



  • Look for sustainably sourced pet food brands.
  • Consider the protein source – cats must have a meat-based diet but chicken or fish have a lower carbon impact than beef.
  • If your pet food contains fish, check it is MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified.
  • Try an insect-based protein – “Yora” makes complete dog food diets using insect protein.
  • Weigh out food accurately to reduce waste.
  • Switch to tinned cat food rather than pouches or find your nearest Terracycle point that collects and recycles pet food packaging.   “TerraCycle is Eliminating the Idea of    Waste® by recycling the “non-recyclable.” Whether it’s coffee capsules from your home, pens from a school, or plastic gloves from a manufacturing facility, TerraCycle can collect and recycle almost any form of waste. 


  • Avoid plastic toys – instead look for those made from more sustainable or recycled materials such as hemp, bamboo, or rubber.
  • Use metal food bowls and consider dog coats made from recycled material.
  • Cats love cardboard scratch toys, which can be recycled if not wanted anymore.


Cleaning up

  • Try biodegradable poo bags.
  • Use cat litter made from newspaper or wood chips rather than clay or silica.
  • Consider composting dog poo, but only if it is not going to be used for any plants/vegetables that you intend to eat, due to the risk of parasites that can infect both dogs and people.



  • Reduce your car usage by doing more walks close to home rather than driving to exercise dogs.
  • If you must drive, couple it with other errands that require a vehicle, such as shopping, so that you aren’t using the car specifically to walk the dog.


Bath time

– Aim to use shampoos and grooming products which are biodegradable and less harmful to the environment.


Preventative Medicine

  • Talk to your vet about vaccinations, worming and neutering.
  • Not only do these have health and welfare benefits, but preventative healthcare will also help reduce the carbon impact of owning pets.
  • By preventing vaccinable disease and hormone-related diseases, we are avoiding the high carbon cost of treating these conditions and therefore benefiting the environment in the long term.

Travelling with your Pet & Brexit

Going on holiday with your pet this year? You might be wondering how Brexit will affect your plans.

The answer is… not at all!

Until the end of 2020 pets can still travel to the EU under the current pet travel rules, using the current UK-issued EU pet passport.

Got more questions? Give us a call or see this useful link for more information.

#travelwithmypet #Brexit

Haven’s Young Artists

Ever wondered what your child or grandchild thinks you do at work.  Well we have found out what some of them think and they’ve put pen to paper. Take a look at Haven’s young artists.


This is what Thomas age 7, thinks his Nanny does when she is at work.

And here are some other pictures from her other grandchildren, Jessica & Ellie.




Theo thinks his mum does this……




And here is another from Felix, age 4.











And lastly here is an interesting view of what Daniel Age 10 thinks his dad does at work….


Fleas in Winter !

Can your pet get fleas in winter?

In a natural setting, a dog or cat would be less likely to contract a flea infestation in

winter as the cold weather causes the fleas to lay dormant, but in the UK most pets are kept indoors in an artificial environment where the use of central heating allows the fleas to breed all year round.

PDSA statistics show that there is a 20% drop in the sale of flea treatments during the winter months. Vets believe this is because many owners simply do not realise that fleas are just as active in the winter as the summer months.

Artificial environments and the use of central heating

Contrary to popular belief, fleas do survive during the winter months, especially indoors; our warm houses provide the perfect breeding ground for fleas as they thrive in a warm and humid environment. People turn up the central heating to keep their homes warm, but this means that fleas are attracted to the home. Pet owners should take effective steps to rid their pets, and their homes, of these parasites and minimize the risk of infestation by carrying out continuous year-round treatment, even in the winter months.

To combat fleas during the winter, it is important to address both the pet and the environment, since fleas live a large part of their life cycle off of the pet and in the environment (house, bed, garden etc). Fleas need warm temperatures to survive. The inside of your home provides a warm environment to allow fleas to thrive year-round regardless

of seasons.

Treating pets in winter

Treating your pet is only part of the solution as you will have to treat your home and any other pets within your household too. Everything the dog or cat comes into contact with should be treated with a product recommended by your vet; otherwise, it is inevitable that the fleas will come back.

Fleas can cause very serious health problems. They are one of the most common causes of distressing skin problems in dogs and cats and in severe cases smaller animals, particularly kittens, can die from anemia due to blood loss from the feeding fleas.

Direct Pet treatment

The most effective way to control flea infestations is to treat the pet directly all year round. Prescription and non-prescription direct treatments in the form of topical applications, flea shampoo’s, tablets and sprays

are all products that can be obtained to effectively treat fleas on your pet. Combing the pet with a flea removal comb will help to remove adults and destroy eggs.

If you treat the pets correctly, you are less likely to need to spray the house because all fleas will jump on your cat or dog as part of their life cycle. So if you have treated the cat or dog, the fleas will die out when they come into contact with the animal.


Home Management

Hoovering the carpets and furniture will pick up eggs, this is especially important if your pets are allowed to sleep or climb on sofa, bed, etc. Cleaning the area where the pet’s favourite sleeping place is will remove significant numbers of eggs and larvae, if you use a basket any bedding should be washed in the washing machine (eggs, larvae and adults will not survive this).

It is possible especially when the infestation is light, for do it yourself pest control to be effective. Many products can be used to spray your house against fleas. Products have been designed to allow a low concentration of insecticide to be used by untrained homeowners in their own homes. In light infestation type situations these can be quite effective. Most of these products have a low concentration of insecticide and in some cases a growth regulator. As with all products of this type, you must adhere to the direction as to its use, especially in relation to application rates.

Professional pest control

If you feel that your efforts have not been effective, contact a professional. Don’t go out and buy multiple tins of insecticide and fill your house with fumes and insecticide, as this is without doubt not safe for you or your pet. Also, bear in mind that once a flea infestation takes hold it can take a few months to get on top of it due to the pupal stage of the flea life-cycle, which is very resistant to being killed. The pupae must hatch into an adult flea before it can be killed by any flea treatments applied