Examination of an Echidna, emergency veterinary medicine

Examination of an Echidna – Video by Dr. Gerardo Poli

Not Just a Vet Student - by Harris Fitzgerel
Animal Pain Awareness Month – September 2018

Examination of an Echidna. This can be tricky and challenging task. Echidnas are egg-laying mammals and are sometimes known among the public as “spiny anteaters”. Their diet is consisted of ants and termites, and are known to live in Australia and New Guinea.

With globalization and over population of people, more and more wild animals come in close contact with people, especially on the roads and highways. It is not uncommon these animals, like the echidna on the video below, to be hit by a car if they try to cross the road. Luckily for this echidna, a good Samaritan brought it to an emergency veterinary hospital for an examination.

This cute echidna was lucky not to sustain any major injuries and was later referred to a wildlife rehabilitation facility to recover from it’s stressful day.

“Echinda’s are often brought into us after being hit by a car! Did you know that it is important to xray their beak to assess for fractures? If fractures a present if can affect their ability to eat and they may starve if release back into the wild.”

If you liked this video, watch “Balloon Kitty – Video by Dr. Gerardo Poli” too.