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 your bird.

If your bird has to wear a bandage, splint or collar, here are a few points to remember:

• Keep it dry! A wet splint or bandage can cause an infection and delay healing. If the bandage or splint becomes wet, contact your veterinarian's office for an appointment to have the bandage or splint replaced.

• Watch your bird for signs of picking. Light "preening" of a bandage is normal, but digging and tearing at the dressing are not.

• If part of the bandage becomes loose or slips, the entire bandage will probably need to be changed. Contact your veterinarian's office for further instructions.

• If toes or wing tips are exposed below the bandage, check them daily for swelling. If you see swelling, the bandage could be applied too tighdy and will need to be changed. Alert your veterinarian to any signs of swelling immediately.

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