Avian First Aid Kit

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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
  • Cornstarch (to help control bleeding from a nail)
  • 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

Medicines*

  • 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.