Release Patient: Hoot

  • Hoot is a mature Saw-whet Owl who was admitted to the Veterinary Medical Centre on October 15, 2012. He was found on the street in a residential area in Saskatoon. On admission, he was unable to fly and seemed depressed. He did not have any significant findings from a physical exam and a blood panel, but clinicians were concerned about possible head trauma.
  • Hoot was given subcutaneous fluids and an oral medication for pain control and to reduce inflammation for about a week. Right away he was able to eat solid food on his own. Hoot was put on cage-rest to give him time to stabilize and build up his strength.
  • Hoot was recently put under anesthesia for radiographs to be done, but no abnormalities were found. He will undergo another flight test soon to see if there is any improvement!


  • Hoot showed great improvement on his next flight test and so was sent to be soft released at the beginning of February. He went to a large local facility where he could build up his strength further and to ensure that he could hunt on his own before being released to the wild.

Current Patient: Flappy


  • Flappy is a mature Copper's Hawk that was admitted to the Veterinary Medical Centre on August 19, 2012. He was lying down, unable to stand, and slightly underweight when admitted. Some spinal trauma was noted on examination.
  • Flappy was given oral anti-inflammatory and pain controlling medication along with subcutaneous fluids. After giving the medication he was open mouth breathing, so was put on oxygen support for a short time.
  • For about a week Flappy was given subcutaneous fluids, anti-inflammatory and pain controlling medication, and tube-fed a liquid carnivore diet. Flappy was transitioned to over to solid food and began eating well on his own very quickly.
  • After a couple of days Flappy showed improved movement with his legs. After two weeks of care, he was running around his cage and a few days later he was able to fly around a larger room that he was moved to. He is now very feisty and is building up his strength.
  • Bloodwork, radiographs, and a CT scan of Flappy have not indicated anything abnormal. However, he has a slight head tilt and is not flying well enough to be released. More flight testing needs to be done to determine further action.
  • Flappy was flight tested on January 8, 2013 and he showed great improvement. Further radiographs were taken on January 22. If he continues to improve he will soon be released!