When they are real skinny and haven't had food for who knows how long, you should NOT automatically give them solid food because when they are dehydrated, they stop producing the important acids and enzymes that process the food and if presented with solid food, they will promptly fall over dead.
You have to slowly kick start their digestive system. We started with sub-q fluids yesterday, along with tube feeding "Carnivore Care". Got up during the night with him and switched to oral fluids and this morning skinned and cut up a nice rat for him. I won't offer casting material (rat fur) for a few days because I want to get weight on him and so he doesn't need to be wasting energy trying to process a casting.
Walter! He can definitely see because he got all poofy when Dobby came in for a visit while I was medicating him. Thankfully, he got to me not too long after the accident so I could start shooting the Metacam to him to help prevent brain swelling that can cause them to go blind. It is also a good analgesic because you have to figure he's got a whopping headache! I got up through the night to give him fluids and fed him a few pieces of skinned mice. YUM!
Speaking of mice, we would be so grateful if you could add to our Mouse Money fund! You can go over to www.hawktalk.org and click on the 'donate' button and it's easy as pie! If you're hinky about sending MM electronically, you can snail mail us at: HawkTalk P.O.Box 130 Holly Springs, GA 30142
This magnificient adult female Great horned owl was gliding along, minding her own beeswax when she collided full bore into a guy wire that was attached to an antenna. This happened near a pasture where a nice man is farming cattle and so he's pretty sure he found her shortly after the accident took place. He immediately took her to the caring vet team of Gerlack and Forsyth up in Ballground where they stitched her up best they could. He called me the next day to explain her injuries and I picked her up the following day. I knew straight away that her vision was compromised...