Parrot First Aid
First Aid Kit For Your Bird
We always recommend that if your bird has any type of illness or injury, that it is taken to a vet as soon as possible. Time is of the essence with a sick bird, and often by the time the bird is showing symptoms, it is too late.
However, it is always good to have a basic first aid kit to hand. It should contain a few simple things that will be useful should your bird become injured, and you are able to treat them before seeing the vet.
These are the basic minimum items that should be at hand in case of an emergency:
- A substance to stop bleeding (Cornflour is good for this, however there are proprietary brands available in all good pet shops.)
- A bird safe disinfectant (Such as F10 or Avisafe)Cotton wool balls or cotton buds.
- Tweezers and sharp scissors
- Savlon cream (The ONLY human medication that can safely be used on a bird)
- A soft, dark, non striped towel, for restraining an injured bird. (A light, striped towel would represent a preditor to the bird.)
- De-stressant / Shock medication
- Probiotics / White cell support / electrolytes
- Heat source (e.g. Heat lamp to help with shock)
- Pen light
- Bandage material (vet wrap, ½ Inch masking tape or micro-pore tape.)
- Nail clippers
- Eye dropper (This must be well cleansed if it has been used for other purposes!)
- Important Telephone numbers (i.e. Vets, Taxi companies)
- A suitable sized bird carrier. Even if your bird is trained to travel on your shoulder, a carrier must be used in case your bird is physically injured or in shock. Also, they are at risk in the vet’s waiting room from other animals. Make sure you take a blanket or bath towel to cover the carrier.
Do NOT bathe the bird.
A sick bird needs warmth, darkness and a quiet atmosphere.
DO NOT HESITATE TO TAKE YOUR BIRD(S) TO THE VETS IF YOU SUSPECT THAT THE BIRD IS ILL. OFTEN WITH BIRDS TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. THE ABOVE LISTS ARE TO BE USED AS AN EMERGENCY MEASURE AND NOT AS A FORM OF CURE FOR A SICK BIRD!