Avian First Aid Kit Essentials

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Avian First Aid Kit EssentialsIn the event of an emergency, it is important and reassuring to have a properly stocked avian first aid kit on hand. Many minor emergencies can be handled effectively at home if the proper supplies are available. In the event of a more serious situation, the kit can be helpful in stabilizing your bird prior to transport to the vet's office.

A commercially available kit is available on the AvianEnrichment site which contains the following:

  • 1 - Styptic Powder (stops toenail or broken blood feather bleeding)
  • 1 - Pair of latex gloves (to minimize infection)
  • 1 - Bottle of Eye & Skin Wash (flush wounds or eyes)
  • 1 - 1" x 6 yd. sterile gauze bandage
  • 1 - Pair of Scissors (for cutting tape, bandages)
  • 1 - Pair of 5" Locking Forceps (to pull broken blood feathers)
  • 2 - PVP Iodine Antiseptic Swabs
  • 2 - Pkg. 2" x 2" Gauze Pads (to cover wounds or burns)
  • 5 - Cotton Swabs (for cleaning wounds)
  • 1 - Roll of 1/2" x 2.5 yd. Adhesive Tape
  • 1 - Hand Wipe (personal cleanup)
  • 1 - Bird Emergency Information Card (vet contact info)
  • 1 - Bird Kit Direction Card (helpful emergency info)

In addition to the above contents, we also recommend that you assemble the following supplies for use during an emergency:

  • Carrier
  • Towel
  • Heating Pad
  • Flashlight to aid in lighting wounding area, eyes or mouth
  • Hand feeding formula or baby food if your bird has stopped eating
  • Pedialyte in the event of dehydration
  • Disposable plastic feeding pipettes

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