JoJo’s Perch – First Aid Kit

Hello my friends! I have a very important safety topic this month, especially for my feathered friends. I was recently asked what I would recommend to add to a birdy first aid kit. So in an effect to help protect all my feathered friends, here is my list for a basic bird first aid kit:

  • Your veterinarian’s number and information

  • The emergency veterinarian’s information in case of after-hours emergencies.

  • Poison control number

  • Scissors

  • Nail clippers

  • Sterile gauze in both pads and rolls – for wounds and bandages.

  • Q-tips – for cleaning and applying medication to topical wounds.

  • Tape – usually bandage tape

  • Styptic powder – for a bleeding nail

  • Hemostats – for removing broken blood feathers as your veterinarian has taught you.

  • Pet carrier or cage – for isolation and transportation

  • Heat source – a pad or a lamp

  • Towels – both for the carrier and large enough to wrap you up in during treatment. It can also be used to keep an injured wing close to the body and keep it from causing more damage to itself.

  • Antibacterial cleaner – A betadine or Nolvasan solution.

  • Antibacterial ointment

This is, of course, a very basic list. Your human can add to it and customize it with anything from copies of your records to a collar for my fellow pickers. The bird first aid kit won’t help your human perform surgery but it will help your human get any bleeding stopped and help get you stabilized. Once you’re stabilized, you can get in to see a veterinarian.

Most of these items can be found at your local pharmacy in the first aid section. The staff at Santa Rosa Veterinary Hospital can help you put together your kit and get it customized just right for your needs. They can also teach your human the basics of the messier procedures like wound care and broken blood feathers.

We hope to never need a first aid kit but it’s always a good thing to have ready.

About me…

I’m a 24 year old Senegal parrot. As with any creature as small as I am, I have a big attitude and know how to get what I want. I share my home with my human servant Megan and her Australian Shepherds, whom I torment to my heart’s content. Coming from a rescue, my history is a little bit of a mystery. My early life has caused me to be a picker, but it doesn’t matter too much – I know I’m gorgeous!

Have a question for me? You can contact me through my secretary, Megan at meganvd@santarosavet.com or you can call one of my staff members at your friendly Veterinary Hospital – the Santa Rosa Veterinary Hospital.