Are you First Aid prepared?

Even the most careful parrot parents will have a birdie injury or illness from time to time. Are you prepared to help your feathered friend out?  Being prepared for an injury or illness is the best way to help your bird and keep a calm head during a birdie emergency. Here's a few items every parrot owner should have to deal with an emergency:

  • Phone number to your avian veterinarian and your local emergency veterinary hospital.

  • A travel carrier appropriate for your birds size.

  • Clean towel in case you need to restrain your bird. Ask your veterinarian or an experienced parrot owner how to safely and properly towel/restrain your bird.

  • Basic first aid items to pull a feather or to stop bleeding such as Styptic powder and tweezers .

  • Do a little research on common bird injuries and illnesses. Knowledge will make you better prepared to handle an injury calmly or to recognize signs of illness.

 

 

What should be in your First Aid kit?

What first aid supplies should I have in my kit? These are items for an extremely well stocked First Aid kit.

 

  • A towel - to wrap and restrain your bird.

  • A good pair of safety scissors - to cut tape, bandages or to cut toys that may have wrapped around birdies toe.

  • Quik-Stop or corn starch - to stop bleeding.

  • Needle Nose Pliers - to pull blood feathers or remove toys/chain that has tangled your bird.

  • Hemostats or sturdy tweezers - to pull a broken blood feather or splinter.

  • Wire Cutters - to cut off tangled toys if needed.

  • Non-Stick gauze pads - for cleaning and covering wounds.

  • Cotton Balls  - for cleaning wounds.

  • Q-tips -for cleaning small wounds or applying ointment.

  • Vet Wrap - A small roll to use in case of splinting broking leg or wing.

  • Gauze Tape - to secure bandages.

  • Sterile water or saline solution for cleaning wounds or flushing eyes.

  • Pedialyte (or generic equivalent) - the clear kind in case of illness or suspected dehydration.

  • Feeding syringe or baby medication syringe - for feeding or medicating a sick bird.

  • Betadyne - a non-irritating disinfectant for cleaning and dressing wounds.

  • Aloe Vera - for minor burns or skin irritations.

  • Bandages - the kind for human fingers.

  • Wooden Popsicle Sticks - for splinting a leg or wing.

  • Gloves - to help prevent infection and to keep your hands clean.

EBR First Aid Essentials

Start your First Aid kit with our basic first aid essentials kit. We've put together all the basic items you need to stock your kit. Included are safety scissors, gauze, tape, tweezers, bandages, eye wash, gloves and more. Get your basic first aid kit for a $25 donation.

Keep in mind, the items listed above go above and beyond your basic First Aid essentials and are suggestions based on our volunteers experiences. If you keep a First Aid Kit for yourself or your family then you may already have many of these items on hand.  Being First Aid prepared for yourself and your pets is always a good idea.

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