I hope the post on the Ultimate Bird DIY First Aid Kit will become part of your avian reference library.
We’re going to break down the first aid thing into several manageable parts.
Before we do here’s a pop quiz: What was the cashier at Walgreens thinking when I bought Pedialyte, saline, eyewash, plastic gloves & a tube of KY Jelly? (for the birdy first aid kit?)
We designed the ultimate bird first aid kit for a broad range of species, so you don’t need everything in it.
As an example you really need a needle nose pliers to pull of blood feather from a blue and gold macaw, but only a strong tweezers for smaller bird like a parakeet.
Everyone likes to think of themselves as being prepared for disaster and life’s certain 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 gotten many dogs and children bandaged over the years.
Sutures are easy to come by if your vet is a fellow musher but for the most part most dog, and I presume cat medical emergencies, can be treated with a human first aid kit.
Removing a little fur left on the paw in the haste to get a wound bandaged, is something a dog will get over pretty quickly.
Cutting off feathers is only a last resort.
It’s also important to note that a bird first aid kit is really there to help either stabilize a bird in an emergency or be able to begin the healing process for minor injury.
As a rule of thumb, if you think for a second, that your bird needs veterinary care – it does!
By now you’re asking yourself the nagging question.
“Do I really need all this stuff, what could possibly happen my bird?” Well, we thought of that too.
Here’s our list of 41 ways we kill or injure our pets birds – additions welcome.
Let’s start with the basics.
Do you have all the necessary phone numbers in an easily accessible area like on your refrigerator door?
You’ll want emergency veterinary numbers and perhaps even directions to the vet clinic, how about the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 (A $65 consultation fee may apply).
Yep, we’ll be talking about poisons and poison control in the future.
Next, the first of many reasons that birds are different than cats and dogs when experiencing even the smallest of medical trauma.
Always follow this plan if your bird or parrot is injured.
Prevent further injury.
If your bird is caught on a toy, cut the toy out of the bird cage and then get the bird released from the toy or accessory.
Get the bird restrained, larger birds should be toweled.
Calm the bird.
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