Injuries And Initial First-Aid Treatment

Many injuries incurred by pet birds are, in some way, related to flying. If you allow your bird to fly then there is the possibility of crashes into walls, mirrors, windows and ceiling fans. Additionally, many birds are injured by landing in dangerous places. Such hazards include open toilet bowls, wastebaskets, near other pets, and many locations in your kitchen.
Broken blood feather
Blood feathers are new feathers that come in as the bird is molting. If these break, they can cause extensive bleeding. This is not life-threatening if addressed quickly. Try to stop the bleeding using styptic powder or flour. If the feather continues to bleed, it needs to be removed. By a trained individual or a vet.

Attacks from other pets
A common source of bird injuries are encounters with other pets such as dogs, cats and larger birds. If your bird has been attacked it should be taken to the vet as soon as you can. Immediate steps to take are to try to stop the bleeding with gauze and pressure. Broken wings heed to be restrained and protected from further injury by being bound loosely to the bird’s body. Always take care not to restrain the bird’s breathing while offering first-aid. Try to remain calm as this will help alleviate excess stress in your pet.

Bleeding tongue
A bird’s tongue will bleed profusely when it is cut. There is not much you can do with this injury except get your bird to the vet as soon as you can.

Bleeding toenail
Nail-trimming can sometimes lead to a bleeding toenail. This is a common injury, and many vets obtain blood samples by purposely nicking a toe. The bleeding is easily controlled with flour or styptic powder. In the rare case where you cannot stop the bleeding yourself, you may need to have the vet look at the injury.

Burns
If your bird accidentally gets burned you need to treat it by running cold water over the affected area. Cold compresses can be used after initial treatment to soothe the area. Infection is possible with more extensive burns, so you will want to bring your bird to the vet if the burn is severe.

Chilling
Your bird may have escaped outdoors or into an unheated area of your home and become chilled. It needs to be warmed up, but carefully so it is not burned. Some possible ways to accomplish this are by putting your bird under a heat lamp or sitting it next to a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel. Caution needs to be taken not to replace the chilling with a burn injury.

Poisoning
Your bird can get poisoned in a variety of ways. Each has its own remedy.

If your bird has inhaled some toxic gasses as from Teflon or an aerosol spray you need to get it as much fresh air as you can as quickly as possible by moving it outdoors or into a safe are of your home.
Your bird may have been exposed to toxins through external contact. This might happen if it inadvertently got some bug spray on its feathers. The bird needs to be washed thoroughly to remove all contaminants from its body before it ingests them.
If your bird has eaten a poisonous substance you need to immediately seek veterinarian assistance. It is helpful if you know what substance and how much was eaten to help your vet begin treatment.

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