Our current machine is very old, now, and is not working correctly any longer, so we need to replace it as soon as possible.
The new ultrasound machine is portable, so we can take it with us on rescues, which will allow us to scan animals, quickly, enabling us to give them the best possible treatment without delay.
The company that sells the machine has agreed to let us have it at cost price, rather than retail price, and with an extra probe, too, for which we are very very grateful! Therefore, the cost to us will be £2,000.
We need your help to raise the money to purchase this crucial piece of equipment.
Any amount you can give will help! Thank you so much from us and all of our patients here at Wildlife Aid!
The ultrasound is a painless, quick and non-invasive test, all invaluable characteristics when dealing with scared and easily stressed wildlife. Moreover, radiographs and blood tests are not always a useful or feasible option for our smallest patients.
For example, young animals like fox and badger cubs don’t have a lot of fat in their belly, which leads to radiographs producing very poor detail, indeed, rendering x-rays all but useless in terms of diagnosis.
Where it comes to blood tests, drawing enough blood from a squirrel or small hedgehog to get a viable sample is either impossible or puts the patient at high risk, even requiring general anaesthesia at times.
The ultrasound would allow us to obtain more detailed information on these animals without endangering them in any way.
The ultrasound also allows for early pregnancy detection, which, quite understandably, is a very important consideration when deciding how to best treat our patients.
Additionally, the machine would give us the opportunity to start investigating some pathology, such as heart disease, which is extremely hard to identify without the aid of an ultrasound.