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First Aid For Pet Birds

Step-by-step tips for emergency care

By Paul M. Gibbons, DVM, MS, DABVP (Avian)

First aid for pet birdsFirst aid is defined as treatment for life-threatening problems or severe pain, given to a patient before transfer to a regular medical care facility. The goals are to protect yourself from injury, to preserve life, to prevent further injury to your bird and to promote recovery. In this article, you will find tips and techniques that will make all the difference in the outcome of your bird’s health in the event of a medical emergency or serious medical condition. Get assistance, such as a helper, before attempting to provide first aid. A helper will be able to run for supplies, call the veterinary hospital and drive the vehicle while you attend to your bird.

Build a first aid kit. Routine bird healthcare items such as toenail clippers, styptic powder, wing-feather trimming scissors and a mist bottle should be maintained separately from the first aid kit. This way, the first-aid kit is not disrupted or moved from its specific location during routine-care activities.

**For the full article, pick up the 2009 issue of Birds USA or click here to buy the issue.**

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Would a 27 year old Cockatiel lay an egg? Would her stomach pooch out if she was carrying one? I am very concerned. This bird, "Charlie" was willed to me, literally, I do not know a whole lot about her except that she has not laid an egg in the past year since she has been in my care. Please, I need an answer. At 82 I am not able to get her to a doctor or even afford one. I love her and do not want to lose her. Thank you.
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very helpful
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