Hi Dilly . You're my hero too! Can you try and take a look to see if shes lactating and even take a quick vid of her leg action if poss. Its info any remote adviser would advise better with . Look for obvious possibly droopy teats as per any bitch with pups . If she does appear to be feeding (its the right month) , they might advise more appropriately . ie if taken to a vet it would have to be quick treatment with meds that wouldnt spoil her milk , or depending how bad or incapacitating the injury was, even wait for a while so as not to compromise the safety of the cubs by removing her . If you feed her enough she wont need to hunt whilst her leg heals.
Many vets on Wirral will only treat wildlife if you get an authorization number from the RSPCA . You might find the below info useful although I dont know if its bang up to date.
RSPCA payment policy for emergency wildlife treatments by private vets
Concerns about wildlife count for a huge proportion of calls made to the RSPCA
every year. Our inspectors and officers regularly respond to calls regarding injured
or sick wild animals and birds.
Every effort is made to ensure that these animals are taken to one of our own
specialist wildlife centres, a vet or one of the independent organisations that we
work with so that they are rehabilitated and released where possible.
To ensure treatment is available for all sick or injured wild animals, we have an
agreement with the British Veterinary Association (BVA).
This Memorandum of Understanding clarifies the arrangements between vets in
private practices and the RSPCA regarding Initial Emergency Treatments (IETs).
It states that:
• During practice hours small wild mammals and wild birds should be treated
free of charge if they are brought to a veterinary surgery. Vets are obliged
by their professional code to provide any necessary pain relief or
• Out of practice hours, or if a larger wild animal is involved e.g. a deer, the
RSPCA will contribute to the cost of the IET or euthanasia.
• The RSPCA’s contribution will only be approved if a vet, not a member of
the public, rings the RSPCA before the treatment is undertaken. The vet
needs to obtain an incident number and treatment will be agreed on a case
by case basis.