Methods of Medicating Your Bird

The most common methods of administering medications to birds are divided into two categories systemic and topical. Systemic medications are injected or given orally. It is difficult to orally medicate birds that are small, easy to handle or underweight, but you can successfully medicate any bird. The medication is usually given with a plastic syringe (needle removed) placed in the left side of the bird's mouth and pointed toward the right side of his throat. Give the medication a few drops at...

Bandage Splint and Collar Care

First Aid for Injured birds often need to have bandages, splints or IVt Birds collars applied to them to aid in the healing process. If they are applied properly, these devices can help support and protect injured muscles, ligaments, tendons or bones. They can also help prevent a bird from picking at a wound with his beak. However, if any of these devices is applied improperly, it can cause serious injury. For this reason, only an avian veterinarian should place a bandage, splint or collar on...

If Your Bird Is Bleeding

In her book, The Parrot in Health and Illness, Bonnie Munro Doone offers the following tips for dealing with birds that are bleeding 1. Always handle the bird gently and calmly. 2. Always observe the bird for at least one hour after the bleeding has stopped to make sure that it has not restarted. 3. If bleeding has not stopped after a few minutes of treatment, take the bird to the veterinarian immediately. 4. If any signs of listlessness, weakness, paralysis or breathing difficulty are noted,...

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Of helping to identify the underlying cause. Specific treatment cannot be started until the diagnosis is known. Keep your birds in optimal health. Pay close attention and be observant for early signs of disease. Remember, young birds naturally tend to be a little clumsy when they are first getting around in their new cage. Foot injuries may bleed, cause pain and result in infection. If such an injury is left untreated, birds may chew the affected area and exacerbate the problem. Foot injuries...

Signs Of Illness

Some signs of illness in pet birds include a change in the appearance or number of droppings partially eaten food stuck to the bird's face or food has been regurgitated onto the cage floor labored breathing, with or without tail bobbing If your bird shows any of these signs, please contact your veterinarian's office immediately for further instructions. Your bird should be seen as soon as possible to rule out any illnesses. First Aid for Any emergency, severe insult to the body or excessive...