Fact or Fiction Quiz

If you are curious about some of the myths regarding wildlife, please take our fact or fiction quiz and see how many you can get right! We hope that everyone learns something from our fun quiz!

This quiz was part of the Wildlife Medical Clinic’s contributions to the annual College of Veterinary Medicine Open House, which was presented virtually this year. Check out our page and the whole Open House website!

Bright eye, bushy tailed, and released – a treatment success story

Recently, a juvenile eastern cottontail was brought in to the Wildlife Medical Clinic after being picked up by a community member’s dog. While they’re man’s best friend, excited dogs can end up injuring wild animals. Unfortunately for this bunny, he was left with a laceration over his right shoulder and was unable to return to his nest. This patient needed extra care and attention because eastern cottontails have delicate digestive systems and easily stressed. [injured bunny]Rabbits rely heavily on their “hind-gut” or cecum to ferment all the greens they eat. They have precise proportions of different microorganisms in their digestive tract; if they have an imbalance of microorganisms, or dysbiosis, they could become gravely ill. Stress and feeling sick can cause rabbits to stop eating and create an imbalance in microorganisms! Unfortunately, we see only stressed and sick rabbits in the clinic. Wild rabbits are easy to scare and generally do not do well in captivity. As such, we have to be quick and gentle while handling cottontail patients. Their environment must be quiet and clean, and they need the freshest leafy greens. We also supplement special veterinary diets for rabbits in the clinic to keep them eating healthy foods. In addition to ensuring rabbits are eating, we also have to consider the rabbit’s digestive system when prescribing medications. The sensitive microorganisms in a rabbit’s digestive tract can be killed by certain types of antibiotics and the rabbit’s digestion could be slowed by common pain medications. Continue reading