Call a Vet

helpwildlife.co.uk is a charity run advice website which is part of the Starlight Trust

Call a Vet

In the UK, vets receive no specific training in the treatment of wildlife. Whilst there are inevitably many similarities between wild and domestic animals, there are also very many differences. Calling a vet may be appropriate in some cases, such as ensuring that a catted bird or animal receives a prompt, life saving dose of antibiotics, but it must be considered that vets will not have experience in or facilities for the long term rehabilitation of wildlife. There is a common myth that vets are obliged to treat wildlife for free. In fact they are obliged only to relieve suffering. This may lead to casualties being euthanased unnecessarily. If you do contact a vet, you should either have a wildlife rescue on standby to take the casualty to after initial treatment or ensure that the vet has good links with a local rescue and will pass the casualty on to them.

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