VCA Cromwell Animal Hospital

Dealing with Wildlife

By Ct Dept of Environmental Protection & VCA Cromwell
Published: April 29, 2010

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It's that time of year again! Time for baby birds and animals to be born or to leave the nest--and the time of year when many baby birds and animals are "rescued" by Good Samaritans.

BE CAUTIOUS! Never touch any wild animal if it can be avoided and keep your children and pets away.  If you do need to touch an animal, you should wear gloves to protect yourself and the animal. In most cases, an animal that bites or scratches a person will need to be euthanized so that rabies testing can be performed. You should be aware that wild birds and mammals may carry diseases, such as West Nile or Rabies, that ARE transmittable to humans or pets.

Wild animals often leave their young unattended for several hours or more. Be aware that animals thought to be orphans may NOT need your assistance. Do not intervene unless you are CERTAIN that the animal is orphaned, it is obviously injured or it is in immediate danger. If you SUSPECT that an animal may be orphaned, watch from a distance for a minimum of several hours and allow the mother animal a chance to reunite with the orphan.

(stumbling, staggering, walking in circles, dragging a limb or it's hind end, approaching people or pets in an aggressive manner). Remember, it is ILLEGAL for any person, other than a state appointed rehabilitator, to care for wildlife. If you think an animal or bird needs help, contact a wildlife rehabilitator.

CT Dept of Environmental Protection
Connecticut Wildlife Rehabilitators Association


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.


Animal Emergency Hospital of Central Connecticut (860) 563-4447 at 588 Cromwell Avenue, Rocky Hill CT 06067

Pieper Memorial Veterinary Center (860) 347-8387 at 730 Randolph Road, Middletown, CT 06457

VCA Cheshire Animal Hospital (203) 272-3266 at 1572 South Main Street, Cheshire, CT 06410