After receiving veterinary treatment for dermatitis on his face, feet, scrotum and tail and spending 10 days in our care, this little possum above made a full recovery and was able to be released back into the wild.
Exudative Dermatitis may be related to stress associated with population density and habitat loss. Due to brushtail possums being solitary and territorial in nature, increased possum populations in one area can lead to territorial disputes; fights as well as competition for nesting places and food sources. Environmental stress can weaken a possum’s immune system and their ability to fight the disease.
Remember, if you spot a sick or injured animal and need assistance, contact RSPCA Queensland on 1300 ANIMAL. Our RSPCA Animal Ambulances do their best to attend call outs for assistance.
If you are able to safely capture injured or sick wildlife, you can also take them to your nearest vet if possible.