Home care situations are often a great source of stress for the bird and its owner, especially when an emergency criterion is planned. This article offers you a first aid kit to have ready to intervene while waiting to consult a veterinarian.
Your emergency kit must allow you to have the number of your avian veterinarian and that of a nearby 24-hour veterinary clinic with an oxygen cage readily available. In case of disturbing situations, do not hesitate to contact your usual NAC veterinarian who will guide you on the first necessity: consult as soon as possible or consult a specialist. When the latter is away from your home, it is sometimes desirable to have first aid provided by a nearby clinic pending the possibility of a transfer to its structure.
You can also keep a transport case and a bath towel near your emergency kit. For transportation, a plastic cage designed for cats is usually adapted by covering the floor with newspaper. For some long-tailed birds such as macaws, a wheeled dog cage may be more suitable.
Dog transport cage
The large bath towel will be used for the case where your wounded bird will not be manipulated or if it tries to fly. It is also used to cover the transport crate to leave your bird calm in the dark.
CLAW, WOUND, and BLEED
You have 2 options to cut the claws of your parrot: the claw cutter or the electric grinder. A cat claw cutter is usually enough for a parrot’s claws and allows a quick, precise and clean-cut if the bird does not move. However, be careful not to cut too short to avoid bleeding that can sometimes be impressive. A nail file can then round off the end of the claw. The electric grinder or Dremel allows you to progressively reduce the claws by limiting the risk of bleeding. Its disadvantage is the noise to which the bird must be accustomed, usually with the presence of a second person who holds it in the towel.
In case of bleeding, you can bring corn starch or potassium permanganate, available in small sachets in pharmacy and drugstore. These two components allow the blood to clot and thus stop small bleeding.
Tweezers will be useful to remove debris from a wound or splinters that have been lodged under the feet of your little ones protected. Also, line up your cotton swab kit, which is especially handy for cleaning a small wound, either by using it dry, or soaked with a disinfectant solution like iodine solution (Betadine yellow) or chlorhexidine (Biseptine, chlorhexidine ampoules).
SKIN AND FEATHER CARE
One of the most impressive situations that can occur at home is bleeding related to the feathers of blood. Indeed, the sheath in which the pen grows is provided with a vessel that can be broken when the pen is broken during the shoot. In this case, the bleeding can only be stopped by tearing off the feather at its base. This is what you will use the surgical clamp, a clamp with a clasp that allows you to have a reliable grip on the pen in its sheath to remove it in one go.
Equip your kit with a spray with aloe vera that has a soothing effect on irritated skin and allows maintenance of the plumage.
It is not useless to have in his Perrotonic reserve, a very complete mineral supplement and vitamin for a parrot (available at your vet), especially for the period of molting which can be very tiring for the bird. Ask your veterinarian about the frequency of treatment to avoid an overdose.
When your parrot has sneezing with secretions that annoy him, you can clean his nose using saline that will be very neutral. For this, you can soak a cotton swab. Nose washes by propelling the liquid with a syringe is a tricky manipulation to achieve for an inexperienced person