Monday, April 20, 2009

New Cases!

Two unusual cases have some into the clinic in the last few days. The first is a juvenile barred owl. The owl is uninjured, and we're planning on transferring her to a rehabber as soon as possible. Young owls imprint very easily, so we're trying to transfer her to a rehabber who has another orphaned owl for her to interact with. For now, we have a mirror in her cage, but we would like to get her out of the ward as soon as we can.

Juvenile Barred Owl
Juvie Barred Owl

This evening, a badger presented to the clinic. The pager team called in some additional help and was able to do a compete physical exam. We'll be able to better assess the condition of the badger tomorrow when we can run more diagnostic tests.

The Pager Team Examines the New Badger
4/20 badger
4/20/09 Badger
4/20/2009 Badger

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Clinic Update 4/16

Activity in the clinic has picked up over the last few weeks. Every team has at least one case they are treating, and some of them are pretty interesting. The yellow-bellied sapsucker is still here, and we also have a woodpecker, a goose, a great horned owl, a turkey vulture and a couple of rabbits and squirrels. We also just got a couple of orphaned pigeons. Remember, young animals usually do best with their mothers, so only bring orphaned animals to us if you are sure they have been abandoned. Mother rabbits may only visit their nest twice a day to feed their young!

Team 4 with their Turkey Vulture
Team 4 Turkey Vulture
Team 4 Turkey Vulture
Team 4 Turkey Vulture

Canadian Goose
Goose Team 3

Great Horned Owl
GHO Team 6

Team 5 Rabbit Treatments
Team  5 Rabbit Tx

Orphaned Pigeons
Orphan Pigeon
Orphan Pigeon

Monday, April 6, 2009

Yellow Bellied Sapsucker

This is Fletch, Team 2's Male yellow bellied sapsucker. He came into the WMC over the weekend, and today we confirmed that his right radius and ulna are fractured. We are mitigating the pain with some anti-inflammatories and analgesics, and we have stabilized the fracture with a figure eight wing wrap. I think the red matches his feathers nicely. Fractures usually take a little longer to repair, so we expect that Fletch will not be able to enjoy the spring weather anytime soon. It's been rather busy at the clinic, we have actually seen 3 sapsuckers over the weekend, they seem to be out in force!


Friday, April 3, 2009

Vet Med Open House

Tomorrow is the Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine's Open House. The whole veterinary school will be open to the public from 9am to 4pm. The WMC will be in the anatomy lab on the first floor of the basic science building. There will be a lot of other interesting animals and exhibits, so everyone should come by!


You can find more information about Open House here.