Medical Emergency Fund Page for the Canada Goose
Canada Geese are fantastic parents and loyal mates. When Wild ARC received a call in early April about a lethargic goose and its mate hanging around their nest, a BC SPCA staff member went out to investigate. Upon arrival, the Canada goose was unresponsive and needed to come to Wild ARC urgently for further assessment. Their mate was unhappy, but diligently stayed guarding the eggs. Our goal is to return this goose back to its mate and eggs as soon as possible.
When the goose arrived at Wild ARC, they were very dehydrated and displaying symptoms of neurological trauma. Blood work revealed that the goose had lead poisoning likely from ingesting lead fragments. Geese, like other waterfowl, dabble at the edge of water sources, and any metal or lead fragments that may get stirred up can be ingested as a result. To remove the fragments from their body, the Canada goose was sedated and an intensive lead treatment protocol was started to try and counteract any lead remaining in the goose’s body.
Our rehab team had to feed the goose multiple times a day with a specialized diet to keep their strength up while they underwent treatment. A varied diet was offered at all times to try and encourage the goose to self-feed. The goose is finally improving and was moved to an outdoor enclosure to try and reduce their stress level. They received daily fluid therapy to keep them hydrated and a strict medication protocol. More bloodwork revealed that while their lead levels were down, they were still present. This gorgeous goose is now being monitored carefully to see if another round of lead treatment will be necessary.
This Canada goose’s care is far from over. While we are working quickly to return them to their mate and nest as soon as possible, they will need to be medically cleared and healed to live a long and healthy life. The cost of medications, treatments, specialized diet and the resources needed to continue providing quality care is extensive. If you would like to help us care for this Goose, please donate today.
We will update you about how your donation has helped care for this Canada Goose. If the cost of care is less than is raised for this Goose, additional funds will provide care for other wild animals in need.