One evening, I was in the mid­dle of a pro­ce­dure on a rat. It had been slow, so we were able to fit in a quick seda­tion and wound repair on a pet between appoint­ments. While in surgery, the recep­tion­ist came in back to let us know that a dove was hit by a car and will be com­ing in. As an exotic vet, it is very com­mon to also triage wounded wildlife on a reg­u­lar basis and help get them to reha­bil­i­ta­tors. I had just fin­ished with the pro­ce­dure when a tech­ni­cian came back to our treat­ment area in a panic. Appar­ently, there was a mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion on the phone about the wildlife. It was not a dove hit by car…It was a DOE. This was con­cern­ing as we were not equipped to deal with injured hoof­s­tock. It can be a very dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion for every­one. It had been wheeled into an exam room on a gur­ney to be examined. She was still a juve­nile and not very large but she was unable to stand and was very weak. Unfor­tu­nately, her prog­no­sis was grim and the humane thing to do was to euth­a­nize her. My expe­ri­enced tech­ni­cian was able to help restrain her as I gave her the injec­tion. After that expe­ri­ence, we made sure to con­firm with Good Semar­i­tans  what type of ani­mal they will be bring­ing through the door.

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