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Old 02-10-2017, 12:53 PM
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Re: I Love Amazons - An On-Going Journey!

Quote: Originally Posted by GaleriaGila View Post
Oh, wow... didn't even think about weighing at same time, preferably morning when he is at his emptiest.
Okay, Mr. Boat. I have put a calendar in the Rb's room. We'll shoot for... um... Mondays and Fridays. First I will have to desensitize him to the new perch-weigher-thingie. Unlike Dr. Lindstrom, I'm not adept at placing a bird on a scale against his will. Thanks.
Onwards!
Consider introducing the perch first in an area that he is comfortable with and than bring the scale in once he is comfortable on the perch.
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Re: I Love Amazons - An On-Going Journey!

Oh, mannnnnn...
Before I read this latest, I tried seeing if he would stand on a really good kitchen scale we have. AND HE GOT RIGHT ON IT!!!!! I guess he's used to seeing it, and voila!
232 grams. He was 230 at the Vet's.
I entered it on the calendar annnnnd...
We're off!
Many thanks!

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Veterinarians /Medical Care of Amazons:
Emergency Medical Kit /First Aid Kit

This Segment is base around the need for First Aid Care of your Amazon, whether at home or while traveling.

Please ensure that you have your Medical Documents with you when you are traveling! This provides your Amazon’s Emergency Care Avian Veterinarian with knowledge of your Parrot, a foundation.

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Veterinarians /Medical Care of Amazons:
Emergency Medical Kit /First Aid Kit

Emergency Care and Medical Kit — Avian

April 2017

Heavy contributions from Allee and Hayden1987 of ParrotForums.com

Parrots and Other Species / Precautions and Emergency Procedures


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Avian Vets see Parrots for well checks on a regular basis, but most of a clinic’s visits are for emergency care after an accident in the home. Any Avian Vet can verify this sad fact. Parrots are attacked by dogs, cats, ferrets, rats, snakes, other birds, or other pets. Other common accidents not caused by family pets, but perhaps due to an unrealistic comfort level include being squeezed, stepped-on, sat-on, or reclined-on by Human family members. Parrots get closed in doors, they fly into ceiling fans, they can be caught between the two sides of an open topped cage. These all too common accidents are that much more heartbreaking because with proper precautions they are all preventable.

After such an event, many Parrots don't survive long enough for an Avian Vet visit, some that do require life-saving procedures, including amputations and in some cases long-term antibiotics that can permanently weaken their fragile Immune Systems and major organs. The financial cost can be tremendous and that's nothing compared to the Parrot's pain and suffering. Veterinarians are only Human, but I've seen a few perform what looks like miracles. Please don't give-up hope until you have no other choice. An amputated wing or leg does not always mean the end.

In some cases, I think the problem maybe that we know our pets too well rather than not well enough. It's hard to believe beloved Trixie would suddenly see precious Polly as a possible food source rather than a long-time friend, in the right situation it can happen in a matter of seconds and that's only one example.

Some of our members get angry when an Avian Vet visit is suggested. It's been said before, but it bears repeating, we are not Veterinarians, we only have the information in which you have provided us to work with. Your Parrot's health is ALWAYS our first priority. We will provide you with advice to the very best of our ability, if we believe your Parrot needs an Avian Vet visit, we will say so every time, it's what we would do for our own Parrots in the same situation.

When the worst does happen, time is of the essence. When a Parrot is attacked by an animal and survives the attack the Parrot needs to be seen by an Avian Vet as soon as humanly possible. It's not a choice it's a matter of Life or Death.

I hear over and over again, there's no available Avian Vets in my area. I understand since my closest Avian Vet is more than an hour away. Just like with children, emergencies usually happen at night, over the weekend or worse, a holiday weekend. Have an emergency plan in place, talk to your closest Vet in advance, ask - if they will provide ‘Emergency Care’ for a Parrot even if they don't normally treat Parrots. Don't hesitate to call a Vet after hours - most Clinics have a 24-hour emergency number.


Emergency Care:

Keep an up-to-date First Aid Kit and a Travel Carrier prepared for a hasty trip to an Animal Hospital E.R. A sanitized puppy carrier with a clean cloth liner will work fine.

If your Parrot is bleeding, the first thing you need to do is stop the blood flow. Apply a clotting agent, cornstarch or flour - you can also apply pressure with a gauze pad or a clean cloth in one or two minute intervals. Try to remain calm, your Parrot is already traumatized, a rise in his blood pressure will increase bleeding.

As gently as possible, secure your Parrot in a travel carrier, according to the injury, you may need to wrap the Parrot in a towel and limit space so the bird can't thrash around and cause further injury. If you suspect broken bones, use folded towels to keep the wings or legs in a stable position during the drive. Make sure you do nothing to restrict the airway while the Parrot is immobile. If possible have someone go with you to drive or to hold the Parrot's carrier. It also allows the passenger to call the Vet Clinic while in route.

When an animal attacks a Parrot, an immediate Avian Vet visit is required! It is very common for a Parrot to die of septicemia within 24-hours of an attack. Even if the attack was minor and the Parrot has no visible wounds or shows no signs of trauma, the tiniest scratch can cause infection. Note: Only a licensed Veterinarian should provide /prescribe antibiotics.

Pre-planning and preparation saves time! Every moment saved increases the potential of a positive out-come. If you THINK your Parrot is Sick or Injured, and should see a Vet — Go to your Vet NOW! Seconds Counts!

Accidents can happen anywhere and at any time so be prepared! Have two (2) fully stocked First Aid Kits (Emergency Medical Kits) at all times, one is always in the car and the other is in the house in an easy to get to place.




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Veterinarians /Medical Care of Amazons:
Emergency Medical Kit /First Aid Kit

Emergency Care and Medical Kit — Avian

First Aid Kit (Emergency Medical Kit):


Equipment
• Scissors of various sizes
• Bandage Cutting Scissors of various sizes
• Tweezers
• Nail clippers and metal nail file
• Flashlight and batteries (head mounted style lets you use both hands)
• Scalpel blades and handles
• Eye droplet
• Syringes of various sizes
• Suturing set (surgical needles and thread – consider a bow style needle)
• Feeding tubes of various sizes (if you are trained in how to use them)
• Disposable gloves
• Stethoscope
• Gram scale
• Needle-nose pliers of various sizes
• Hemostats of various sizes
• Wire cutters of various sizes
• Leg band cutter
• Bird net
• Magnifying glass
• Readers (Eye Glasses if you wear them, you will need them)

Supplies
• Lubricant such as KY Jelly (without spermicide) or mineral /corn oil
• Cornstarch (helps control bleeding from a nail)
• Cayenne Pepper Powder (helps stop bleeding)
• Styptic powder or kwik-stop
• Sulfa powder (open wounds)
• Cotton swabs
• Q-Tips
• Clean hand cloths and/or paper toweling
• Bath Towels for restraint and/or to cover carrier
• Travel carrier
• Heating pad or heat lamp to use at home
• Home thermometer to measure temperature of Parrot’s environment
• Heat pack or hot water bottle (to keep the bird warm during transport; wrap the pack in a hand towel - do not apply directly to your Parrot, as burns may result)
• Dawn dish liquid, unscented and ‘without’ bleach (original formula)
• Hot Hands (chemical heat sticks) as a general emergency heat source
• Aloe Vera (100%, ‘no’ additives – misting and/or gel)

Bandaging Materials
• Square gauze of various sizes - some in sterile packaging
• Non-stick pads
• Cotton swabs
• First aid tape - both paper (easily comes off of skin and feathers, or use masking tape) and/or adhesive types as a last choice
• Bandage rolls – gauze
• Vet wrap (athletic wrap)
• Wooden sticks of various sizes for splints - tongue depressors, Popsicle sticks, craft sticks, toothpicks
• Tegaderm (Biobrane) dressings (burns and open wounds)
• Bandages (for Humans)

Nutritional Support
• Rehydrating solution such as Gatorade or Pedialyte
• Dry mix normally provided in a tightly sealed container with a packed date

Medicines
• Wound disinfectant such as Betadine
• Triple antibiotic ointment for skin
• Neosporin cream (not ointment)
• Antibiotic ophthalmic ointment for eyes, e.g., Terramycin
• Hydrogen peroxide
• Iodine
• Eye wash solution
• Sterile saline
• Tissue glue (closing wounds after flushing, use only when Avian Vet care is not available)


NOTES:
• Watch the expiration dates on any medication, and replace as needed
• Buy good quality items - if it breaks or fails during use, you saved nothing
• Remember, do not crop tube unless you have been trained
• Keep the Parrot warm and in a quiet area
• Make sure you do your best to keep the Parrot hydrated, this is more important than food in an emergency, but do offer food as well
• And most important: Get to your Avian Vet, As-Soon-As-Possible.


Avian Vet and General Information:
• Primary Avian Vet’s phone number(s) and address
• Back-up Vet’s phone number(s) and address
• 24-hour Emergency Animal Hospital phone number(s) and address *Assure that they will treat Avian clients in advance!
• Your Parrots’ Diary and Medical Records File for Weight and Past Health information
• Animal Poison Control: 888-426-4435 - They will charge $65 for the call. They are a 24/7/365 company with Vets on staff at all times. They can tell you what to do at home, what signs to look for. If you need to rush to an Avian Vet, they will provide instructions to give them about what exactly is going on with your Parrot. They only charge once per case, so you or your Avian Vet can call them multiple times and will only be charged once. Ensure That You Write Down The Case Number!
• When traveling, create a list of Vets /Clinics, with addresses and phone numbers along the route and in the area(s) that you will be staying.

I understand what it is like to not have an Avian Vet available and on-hand 24/7. So, I asked for training by my Avian Vet to administer First Aid, targeting how to do a few important things like: Examinations - checking for breaks in wings “know the wing’s condition by how it is being held” is it broken, damaged /broken keel bone and flight muscle tone. Then how to crop tube feed and/or syringing fluids, especially true if your Avian Vet gives you oral medications. Once you had been trained, your Avian Vet ‘may’ prescribe saline solution, syringes, needles, broad-spectrum antibiotic and pain reliever based on your successful training and general needs!

Bandaging is also important to learn just in case the need arises and you have to immobilize a wing, especially if there is a break or even top apply a wing to body bandage if its a fractured coracoid, which can happen from hitting a window.
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Hello everybody!
I took the liberty to turn sailboats excellent posts into a document which makes it a bit easier to read and navigate through. Hope you like it!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/49b49f4***...azon2.pdf?dl=0

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Unfortunately, the link won't work and I have no idea why. Any thoughts?
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Thank-you for your efforts in easing the reading of this huge Thread! I have asked for one of our Super Moderators' to look into this issue as there is likely some connectivity issue.

As part of my request, I have included your PM as a means of providing background for the request and if needed, your information if contacting you becomes necessary.

Thank-you for your interest in provide an easier means of viewing and enjoying this very large Thread!

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This thread is AWESOME! This newbie thanks you.

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Quote: Originally Posted by SailBoat View Post
I have been reading the loving Stories in the new Forum and while reading April's contribution regarding Kiwi's Story, and the not uncommon, long timeline it takes for most rehomed Amazons to open-up and Trust once again. I had recalled a writing from an author that really fit and needed to be seen here!

So, thank-you April for the reminder!

For those of us who have felt the combination of very long and seemingly unacknowledged effort in Loving an Amazon, and then the joy of the long awaited acceptance. I offer you this tiny insight into their pray to us!


Baggage — Re-homed Pray
By: Evenlynn Colbath


Now that I am home, bathed, settled and fed,
All nicely tucked into my warm new bed,
I would like to open my baggage,
Lest I forget,
There is so much to carry —
So much to forget.

Hmm, Yes, here it is, right on the top —
Let’s unpack Loneliness, Heartache and Loss,
And there by my side hides Fear and Shame,
As I look on these things I have tried so hard to leave —
I still have to unpack my baggage called Pain.

I loved them, the others, the ones who left me,
But I wasn’t good enough — for they did not want me.

Will you add to my baggage?
Will you help me unpack?
Or will you just look at my things,
And take me right back?

Do you have the time to help me unpack?
To finally put away my baggage...


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A present to the Parrot Forum /Amazon Forum by: Steven (SailBoat)
Wow made me cry. My Penny has been unpacking. But hidden in her bagage are also humor, hope and love. Thanks for sharing this
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