Spring is one of my favorite times of year, not least because of all the baby animals journeying out into the world. It is also one of the busiest times for calls to report abandoned or injured animals. We wanted to take the opportunity as spring progresses, to educate you about the safest way to deal with situations where you fear an animal is orphaned, abandoned or injured.
There is a reason why September is National Disaster Preparedness Month, and I think you all may know what I’m referring to. Hurricane Florence is barreling down on the east coast, and Virginia is currently positioned in the “cone of shame”… excuse me, I meant to say “cone of uncertainty.” While it isn’t time to batten down the hatches just yet, it is, unfortunately, time to start thinking of preparations. Though we are certainly not hurricane experts, we are animal ones, so here are some ideas to keep in mind with the upcoming storm.
Once spring arrives, so do the phone calls about orphaned or abandoned rabbits in the wild, and occasionally someone shows up with a baby they think needs to be rescued. Usually, people are unfamiliar with how rabbits behave in the wild, and their concern for an animal’s wellbeing prompts them to do what may not be in the best interest of the babies. Hopefully, this information will help you know when to worry, and when, or if, you need to intervene.
The team that plays together, stays together! Or at least that’s what we all hope whenever we get out together as a group to do something fun. It’s a lot more important than you might think, especially in a busy clinic like ours. It’s very easy for everyone to get caught up in their roles when we are so busy (like now, thanks summertime) that sometimes we barely get to say hello to people working in different areas.
The Fourth of July is one of the most dangerous times of the year for pets, having the highest number of missing pet reports than any other.