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Recently, a member of the public called us from the road outside the practice to say she had found an injured muntjac and was bringing it in to us. We did wonder whether it would still be alive if it was so injured that she was able to lift it into her car, but on arrival, a muntjac buck was sitting up in the boot of her car, looking very alert and extremely cross.

A brief examination over the back car seat confirmed he was unable to stand and there seemed to be pain on palpation of the pelvis, but it was not clear whether there were major injuries or not. At this point it was time to call in the anaesthesia crew – opening the boot of the car to get him out was going to risk losing him or worse hazardous!

The CT room was the only room free on a busy Thursday, so he was transferred to the CT scanner, where a full body CT scan was deemed the most efficient way to evaluate his injuries. Sadly we found bilateral ilial fractures and a radius/ulna fracture. The RSPCA had already told us that they had no rehabilitation facility for a muntjac if he needed orthopaedic surgery, and he was put to sleep.

What was initially a stressful experience turned into a learning curve for everyone and I hope you enjoy the CT scans and a brief update on how to analgese and sedate deer should you need to. Obviously if you give any wild animal any drugs, these animals must be disposed of by cremation and must not under any circumstances be fed to animals (e.g. hounds) or kept for human consumption.

Published: 28-03-2019

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