Anyone with a pet will know that a visit to the vet is not cheap. With advances in medicine and surgery, often what can be done to help animals today is only limited by the funds available to treat them.
The Hospital is very fortunate to have been donated much of the medical equipment, but it is the ongoing cost of medications, anaesthetics, medical disposables, and lab fees that really add up in a Hospital treating over 8000 patients annually.
The Hospital is also very privileged to have such a great team of volunteers. The massive growth in patient admissions over the past 7 years simply cannot be matched by a corresponding increase in paid staff. This gap has been filled by over 120 passionate volunteers who give of their time to help save our wildlife.
This beautiful Green Tree Snake from Coolangatta was admitted to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital with a chronic puncture wound on the bottom portion of its body, as well as tail tip necrosis (the tip of the tail appeared dead). The injuries were consistent with a cat attack. The snake was medicated with pain relief, antibiotics and anti-inflammatories and radiographs were taken. The radiographs showed an obstruction so one of the veterinarians did an exploratory laparotomy. This is an operation where the snake was anaesthetised and surgically opened up to find out what was causing the obstruction. It was discovered that scar tissue from the puncture wound was preventing waste matter from traveling through the intestines, so the veterinarian removed the scar tissue. Following the operation the snake was kept in the Hospital for a further 10 days and cared for by the veterinary team. Treatment and rehabilitation in the Hospital for a case like this is approximately $2800.
This adorable little juvenile koala is Edward, and he was found all alone beside the road in Seelands New South Wales. Edward was admitted to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital with conjunctivitis in both eyes and it was confirmed that he was suffering from Chlamydia. Unfortunately many of the koalas that are admitted to the Wildlife Hospital suffer from this disease, and it has devastating effects on koala populations. Edward spent three months in the Wildlife Hospital undergoing treatment and rehabilitation. The cost involved in treating koalas for Chlamydia is extensive - ultrasound, laboratory testing, fluid therapy, medications and lots of fresh gum daily, is just a part of what is involved to care for these beautiful animals. An estimated cost to treat a koala like Edward is approximately $6500.
This Lace monitor was presented to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital two months after he had gone through a garbage bin and found a T-bone steak. Unfortunately what seemed like a lucky find for the Lace monitor was in fact a disaster because the T-bone got lodged in his neck, and remained there until he was captured and brought to the Hospital. The Lace Monitor presented to the Hospital with the bone lodged in his neck and sticking through the skin on his right side. The site was infected and subsequently had a very bad smell, and the Lace Monitor was severely emaciated because he had been unable to eat since he swallowed the bone. The bone was too large to be removed through the mouth, so one of the veterinarians removed it surgically. The treatment for such a sick animal is extensive including things such as anaesthesia, radiology, fluid therapy, and medications. The cost for such treatment is approximately $4000.
This beautiful little juvenile ringtail possum named Willow was admitted to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital because she was found orphaned. When Willow was admitted she was scared and hungry. Willow was examined by one of the veterinarians and was found to be in good health other than being moderately dehydrated. After being given some warmth, fluid therapy and electrolytes this little one was ready to leave the Hospital and be placed with a certified wildlife carer so she could grow up with other ringtail possums her age. Willow has since been released back into the wild with her new possum family. Treatment for a patient like Willow costs approximately $130.