Principles of triage and first aid in wildlife casualties

Elizabeth Mullineaux, Emma Keeble

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Abstract

Wildlife casualties are frequently presented to veterinary surgeons who have legal and ethical responsibilities for their care. Quickly deciding which cases are suitable for treatment, rehabilitation and release, and which should instead be humanely euthanased, is essential to ensure animal welfare. A clear triage process, including full clinical examination and with consideration of all the factors influencing the likelihood of a successful eventual release of the casualty, is required. Appropriate first aid, including fluid therapy, analgesia and appropriate short-term care in captivity is also key to a successful outcome.
Original languageEnglish
JournalUK-VET Companion animal
Volume22
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2017

Keywords

  • wildlife
  • rehabilitation
  • triage
  • first aid
  • analgesia

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