07222017 Red-tailed Hawk

Location of Rescue: 
Fort Wayne
Admission Date: 
Cause of Admission: 
Thinness, head tilt
UPDATE: 09/12/2017 This red tail hawk was creance flown over a period of two weeks and flew fantastically! He has fully recovered and was released today in Metea County Park in Fort Wayne, IN.

I recieved a call from the rescue coordinator about 11:00 AM Saturday morning.  A Fort Wayne resident had found a hawk beside a city street on the South East side of the city.  She had secured the bird in a pet carrier at her home.

On arrival I found a juvenile Redtail Hawk that was lethargic but alert.  After getting some basic information for the rescue card, I transfered the hawk to my rescue carrier and transported it the clinic for evaluation by Dr. Funnell.

Initial examination by our avian veterinarian: this bird was thin and showing neurologic signs.  He had a severe head tilt and was unable to stand up.  Unfortunately West Nile Virus is at the top of the list for his condition.  We will see how his condition progresses.  The only treatment for WNV is supportive care to see if the body can get over it without permanent damage.  Unfortunately even if they survive they are often left with permanent damage such as blindness that will keep them from being released back in to the wild.  His treatment consists of subcutaneous fluids, tube feeding Carnivore Care and meloxicam.

This is the reason we treat birds with neurologic signs.  Even though most do not recover, this one is doing great!  He is eating well and the neurological signs have resolved.  He is currently in a flight pen for exercise.  If he continues to recover well, he will start creance flying soon.


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