Wildlife Medicine For Beginners

This section is designed to provide basic medical advice for those dealing with wildlife. It will be aimed primarily at veterinarians but wildlife carers and anyone with wildlife related issues should hopefully find it useful. I will continue adding to it as time and opportunity permit. The focus will be on Australian wildlife, as that is my area of greatest expertise. However, feel free to post questions on any species of interest, and I will endeavour to answer them, or at least make something up. Questions on domestic and production animals are also welcome but answers to those will definitely stray into the realm of fiction.

Dr. F. Bunny

  1. #1 by Gator Woman on 12/07/2014 - 10:37 pm

    Can you please comment on Armadillos?
    We are concerned with the possibility of our dog getting leprosy from them.

    • #2 by vetsbeyondreason on 13/07/2014 - 7:14 am

      It is a possibility if your dog eats one. Otherwise there should be no problem. It is transmissible to humans too, so you probably shouldnt eat one either.

      • #3 by Gator Woman on 13/07/2014 - 8:58 pm

        Either thought is disgusting.
        Thank you.
        We asked our Vet, but wanted to get a second opinion.
        She concurs!

  2. #4 by vetsbeyondreason on 23/07/2014 - 2:02 pm

    I have done a bit more research on leprosy. According to my references leprosy has only been found in armadillos in Texas and Louisiana. Armadillos surveyed in Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Mississippi were all free of the disease. This was a 2001 reference, so the situation may have changed.

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