Were not going to start with bird bites because we’ll be talking about several first-aid challenges you may face having a bird or two in your home for several decades.
Everyone likes to think of themselves as being prepared for disaster and certainly life’s cuts and scrapes.
I’ve personally sutured a dog in a garage (after 5 minutes of training by my vet) 🙂
I’ve yanked shards of glass out of more than one dogs paw and got them bandaged over the years.
Sutures are easy to come by if your vet is a fellow musher but for the most part many dog, and I presume cat medical emergencies, can be treated with a human first aid kit.
Removing a little fur on a dog while rapidly getting a wound bandaged, is something a dog will get over pretty quickly.
Mammals are very different than birds.
If your bird suffers a broken wing watch this video to learn the figure of eight wrap for supporting the wing until you can get to professional help.
In home treatment of other avian orthopedic injuries like broken legs, which are considered , typically not life-threatening, start by stabilizing the patient.
You can use a coffee stir stick or even a feather quill from the bird to be used as a split held down by masking tape, non adhesive first-aid tape or even a small cable tie.
The purpose of splinting is to stabilize the leg until they are able to be x-rayed by a veterinarian.
Remember once a birds leg is immobilized, it cannot close its foot around a perch so the bird is going to be less stable.
Intentionally repetitious -> A bird’s reduced stability adds to a bird’s level of stress.
It’s best to move everything into a hospital cage so that it does not gain height which will prevent possible falls and further injuries.
Once again nag-nag-nag this is not the time to be freaking your bird out with a towel that you need to restrain it with.
Restraining towels can be a birds friend, watch this video from Lafeber vet on how to make it happen.
I keep talking about how birds are three-dimensional pets having the ability to fly.
That’s one big difference between our birds and your neighbors cats and dogs.
It has to do with the different integumentary (I just like saying that word) system
The integumentary system comprises the skin and its appendages acting to protect the body from various kinds of damage, such as loss of water or abrasion from outside.
The integumentary system includes hair, scales, feathers, hooves, and nails.
Feathers provide flight as well as insulating a birds body.
Fur is only used by mammals for insulation.
A mammals body is much different than a birds body in terms of the distribution of fat as mother nature calculated the amount of fat to enable bird flight.
Also published on Medium.