Making a First Aid Kit for Your Bird

posted: 05/15/12
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Since you never know when an accident will happen, keeping a pet emergency kit at your home is a good idea. You can put a first aid kit together yourself and buy the items separately, or buy one ready-made. If you make one yourself, use a small plastic tub with a tight fitting lid to store the following items:

Important phone numbers

- Veterinary clinic phone number and directions to the clinic

- Emergency clinic phone number and directions

- Poison control center phone numbers

Equipment and supplies

- Magnifying glass

- Scissors

- Tweezers

- Nail clippers and metal nail file

- Styptic powder or sticks, Kwik Stop, or cornstarch

- Penlight

- Scalpel blades and handles

- Turkey baster

- Eye dropper

- Syringes of various sizes

- Feeding tubes of various sizes (if you are trained in how to use them)

- Lubricant such as mineral oil or KY Jelly (without spermicide)

- Cotton swabs

- Clean cloths and/or paper toweling

- Disposable gloves

- Stethoscope

- Gram scale

- Needle-nose pliers or hemostats

- Wire cutters

- Net

- Towels for restraint and/or to cover cage

- Pet carrier

- Heating pad or heat lamp to use at home

- Home thermometer to measure temperature of bird's environment

- Heat pack or hot water bottle (to keep the bird warm during transport; wrap the pack in a towel - do not apply directly to your bird, or burns may result)

Bandaging materials

- Square gauze of various sizes — some sterile

- Non-stick pads

- First aid tape — both paper (easily comes off of skin and feathers, or use masking tape) and adhesive types

- Bandage rolls— gauze and Vetwrap

- Wooden sticks of various sizes for splints — tongue depressors, Popsicle sticks, toothpicks

- Stockinette

- Gel foam — stops bleeding from wounds (ask your avian veterinarian)

- Band-Aids (for humans)

Nutritional support

- Rehydrating solution such as Gatorade or Pedialyte


- Wound disinfectant such as Betadine or Nolvasan

- Triple antibiotic ointment for skin

- Antibiotic ophthalmic ointment for eyes, e.g., Terramycin

- Eye wash solution

- Sterile saline

*Watch the expiration dates on any medication, and replace as needed.

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