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    Make a Bird Kit for Emergencies

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    If you own a bird, then it is your responsibility to provide the best pet bird care possible. Birds can injure their wings, nails and beaks very easily and without warning, providing swift bird care is essential as birds bleed a lot from their injuries. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    Having an emergency bird kit to administer bird care is a very good idea and will give your bird the best care possible until it is possible to get to a vet. This guide outlines what you should have in your emergency bird kit.

    Pet Bird Care – Emergency Kit

    • The first thing to do is to buy a styptic pencil or powder. Styptic is very effective at preventing excessive bleeding (something which birds are prone to) and can be applied to any nail or feather injuries that bleed. This is probably the most essential piece of bird kit to provide the bird’s care.
    • You should buy a pair of locking forceps as well. They are very handy when removing broken feathers as a way to control bleeding. Knowing how to use them is an essential part of providing bird care.
    • Like humans, birds need to have their wounds cleaned up to avoid infection. Diluted saline solution is good to use for birds and can be used on their eyes as well as their skin. Cleaning up any wounds should be one of the first bits of bird care provided and can make all the difference to the recovery of the bird.
    • Gauze pads and adhesive tape forms an essential part of your emergency bird kit and allow you to dress any wounds quickly. A small, sharp pair of scissors will be handy to allow you to cut the gauze as needed.
    • Other tools are very useful in your bird kit and should not be overlooked. For instance, a magnifying glass will help you see any small wounds and tweezers will be handy when it comes to removing anything from a wound. Iodine ointment is very useful in bird care. A few antiseptic towels or a pair of latex gloves are a good addition to the bird kit. The towels will help you clean up afterwards and the latex gloves will protect you and the bird. Keep your bird kit all together in a plastic box.
    • Keep the phone number and other contact details of a vet inside the lid of your bird kit. The sooner you contact a vet in the event of an emergency the better. It also makes sense to include the medical history of the bird inside it.
    • Find a vet for your bird before you actually need one. You can only provide so much emergency bird care and not all vets deal with birds.
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