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    Sick or Injured Birds in Your Garden?

    ArticleBird AdviceThursday 29 September 2011
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    Find out what to do if you see sick or dead birds at or near your feeder / bird bath

    When you come across an injured bird - maybe a victim of a cat or hawk attack or a window collission - get a towel and gently put the bird in a cardboard box or large paper bag. Put the bird in a warm, quiet place.

    One bird being concerned about her injured mate

    One bird being concerned about her injured mate.

    Do not offer first aid.

    Do not offer food or water.

    Get the bird to a veterinarian or an authorized wildlife rehabilitator as soon as possible (call your state wildlife agency for a referral). Regardless of your best intentions, if you offer first aid without the proper training, you're likely to do more harm than good.

    The vet will have to treat any bite wounds or scratches from dogs and cats aggressively, even if they appear to be minor. The wound needs to be washed out with hydrogen peroxide or Betadine, and the bird will require aggressive antibiotic therapy. Cats transmit a bacterium called Pasteurella, which causes Pasteurella Septicemia in untreated birds. This is a serious infection resulting in death

     

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