If you come across a wild animal that you feel needs rescuing please refer to the guidelines on the following website before you move the animal.
It is recommended by Irish Wildlife Matters to firstly contact a rehabber for advice, the link to this section on the Irish Wild Life Matters website can be found here.
Wildlife at AllPets
At AllPets, we are committed to treating all wildlife animals with the same professionalism and compassion that we treat all our small animal patients.
As of 2019 due to the increased volume of Wildlife presented, we have had to introduce a charging policy to cover the costs involved – at no point is this aimed at a profitable outcome for the Hospital, but simply serves to help contribute towards the cost of staff, drugs etc used on a daily basis with wildlife.
We hope in the future the state will provide more adequately for wildlife care in all areas of the country. We encourage all finders/rehabilitators to highlight the plight of wildlife care with their local authorities to encourage the provision of state funding to help the rescues centres and rehabbers involved with wildlife rehabilitation.
If you are bringing wildlife into AllPets, please always ring for an appointment, so we can prepare for the patients’ arrival. Please also bring the details of the rehabber you spoke to with you.
The following information can also be obtained from the Irish Wildlife Matters website:
Decided to go to the vet
If you’ve made the decision to take the casualty to a vet these are a few considerations:
At the soonest opportunity; call a rehabber to make sure someone is willing to take the animal for long term rehabilitation (if it survives)
Veterinary duty of care
All vets are obliged to ‘relieve pain or suffering’. Be aware though that this obligation can be satisfied by euthanasia – putting the animal to sleep.
Vets are not obliged to treat wildlife for free. Many of them kindly do so; and absorb the cost of their time and materials themselves.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland encourages vets to only charge cost price for treating wildlife.
Everything has a price
When you visit a vet you will sometimes be charged a consultation fee and anything that needs to be done for the animal is added onto this.
Additional costs include the expense of any medications, dressings, bandages, anesthetics, x-rays, laboratory tests and if needs be; hospitalisation.
The expense of treatment also depends upon the size of the animal; small birds would be cheaper than a large mammal.
During the consultation most vets are happy to give as accurate an estimate of cost as they can; don’t be embarrassed; ask for a quote!