Think twice before attempting to rescue young wildlife

Think twice before attempting to rescue young wildlife

AVMA encourages people to leave young wildlife alone.
source-image
Apr 30, 2012
By dvm360.com staff

Ah, spring is in the air, and as people head outdoors to enjoy the warmer weather, many will come across young wildlife. Thinking that these adorable, seemingly helpless little creatures have been abandoned, some well-intentioned people may pluck these animals from forest floors and bring them home—you may even be tempted to do so yourself.

Unfortunately, this may actually create a problem where one did not exist. In a podcast, the AVMA explains why it’s usually best to leave young wildlife alone, even if it appears to be abandoned.

In AVMA’s latest Animal Tracks podcast, Dr. Peregrine Wolff, a veterinarian with the Nevada Department of Wildlife and secretary of the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians, talks about what to do when encountering young wildlife. Specifically, she addresses the following questions:

  • If I find a young wild animal all alone, what should I do?
  • How do I know if the animal is actually injured or abandoned?
  • What are some of the dangers of trying to raise a young animal on my own?
  • Is it true that if I touch the baby its mother will not come back for it?
  • If I already have the baby animal with me at home, what should I do and who should I contact?

To access the podcast, click here.

Proceedings papers for techs

The very best behavior advice for new puppy owners (Proceedings)

CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

The entire hospital staff should play a role in the counseling of new puppy owners.

The technician's role creating a behavior centered veterinary practice (Proceedings)

CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

A focus on pet behavior in the veterinary clinic is an excellent practice builder.

Trying times--dealing with canine adolescent dog (Proceedings)

CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

A behavior wellness exam is an opportunity to check up on a pet’s behavioral health and answer any related questions a client may have.

Enriching geriatric patient's lives (Proceedings)

CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

An important time for practices to include a behavioral exam is when a pet becomes a senior.

Tubes and tracheas--all about endotracheal tubes and lesions in difficult intubations (Proceedings)

CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

Endotracheal tubes are usually made from silicone, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic or red rubber.