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Old 01-28-2019, 09:02 AM
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Lightbulb what's in your bird first aid kit?

I usually run a search before I ask a question but first aid kit didn't come up.

besides there are always medical advances.

My Vet when she got the succulent DNA samples from my birds purposefully cut one nail to short then used a quick clot that worked, immediately...and said this is how I do this yadda yadda..

SO I was looking to make an emergency kit for my two girls...I found this on amazon... https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...KIKX0DER&psc=1

and I was wondering if theres anything else you all have or recommend ...like something if your bird is suddenly lethargic...a nutrient gel or something, or has a rash or some sort of special wash if you bird like stepped in something dangerous.

So far I was looking at the quick clot and maybe a heat pad that doesn't get to hot I'm sure some of you have entire drawers or chests of stuff for your birds..........

Thank you in advance, and I'm sure others will find this beneficial as well. It's only money.


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Old 01-28-2019, 09:24 AM
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Re: what's in your bird first aid kit?

corn-starch, silver nitrate swabs (for absolute emergency), a towel...probably should add tweezers and Betadine or some sot of disinfectant

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Old 01-28-2019, 09:57 AM
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Re: what's in your bird first aid kit?

Kiwi's 'first aid kit includes:

-Styptic (quick stop) powder
-Nail clippers made for birds
-Clean needle nose pliers for jewelry making (smaller than ones from the hardware store and more suitably sized to a bird IMO) in case he ever broke a blood feather
-Reptile heat bulb in case of illness
-The 'evil' towel in an ugly color no other towel in the house is so he doesn't hate all towels

I also always keep hydrogen peroxide on hand as my disinfectant of choice for Kiwi as it is easy enough to pour on even a squirming bird and leaves no harmful residues he could later lick off and/or would damage his feathers. I've also used colloidal silver before (like when he burnt his feet) to aid in infection prevention and speeding up healing time, though I'm sure some people won't agree with it's use on birds and/or effectiveness in general
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Old 01-28-2019, 10:31 AM
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Re: what's in your bird first aid kit?

I have silvadene which is human prescription grade burn cream, I use it on cuts, burns, lacerations, strep throat, postnasal drip, stubbed toe, gingivitis, herpes, aids, bone loss, limb loss, diarrhea, severe death, impotence and butt hurt.

And I now have none of those things....I'm assuming thats the same thing as your colloidal silver? Silvadine is silver sulfadiazine.
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Re: what's in your bird first aid kit?

It's like aspirin....It's way better than any skin cut cream ever.
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Re: what's in your bird first aid kit?

Sportstape because a bird in pain will bite ... you!

I found that is very usefull to (temporary fix) tape up your own scratches and bitewounds so you do not bleed all over the bird/ add to the mess while you are working.
(you clean & bandage -if necessary- those later of course)

Maybe some protective gloves if you have smaller birds (my greys will go straight through most leather ones, but I had some succes with heavy-stuffed ovenmitts -> it did not stop the bites as much, but their fluffedness made it very difficult for the po-d bird to grab a piece of my anatomie).
One of my vacation-guests got hysterical at the mere sight of a towel, and I really needed to grab him...


LOL (sorry Clark_conure, you are TOO funny!)


btw... there IS a sticky about this First Aid Kit
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Old 01-28-2019, 10:49 AM
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Re: what's in your bird first aid kit?

what about birds that get lethargic, blood loss or food problem or etc. Any high calorie high protein cure all gel food thing?
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Re: what's in your bird first aid kit?

Please refer to the Amazon Forum and the 'I Love Amazons - ..." Thread. At darn near the end of that huge Multi-Page Thread is a detailed Medical /First Aid Kit, which is a couple three years old. I state that due to the major chances in wound care products now available.
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Re: what's in your bird first aid kit?

when I ran a search for first aid kit it din't come up... did it again....see below.

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Re: what's in your bird first aid kit?

Colloidal-Silver is not the same thing as the Sulfadene/Silver Nitrate Burn Cream. Two totally different things...You can buy Sulfadene or SSD cream and ointment over-the-counter now though, it's good stuff to have around. Works for burns and wounds alike...The only problem using it on birds and pets in-general is that you can't rub it in, it has to sit on top of the burn/wound, and you know they're going to put their beaks in it and eat it...

As far as a bird first-aid kit, or a "Pet" first-aid kit in-general goes:

-Qwik-Stop and/or Corn Starch (I have both in mine, I keep a big prescription-bottle filled with Corn Starch in it along with a container of Qwik-Stop; Qwik-Stop for toenails and beaks, Corn Starch for any body bleeding)
-Hibiclens and Betadine as antiseptics/wound and burn cleaning
-Triple Antibiotic Cream
-Hydrocortisone Cream
-Tube of 5% Lidocaine Cream for topical pain (it's actually sold at Walmart as their generic brand of Hemerrhoid Cream, it numbs everything great, just like Novicaine at the denstist)
-Chewable Baby Aspirin tablets
-Liquid Baby Tylenol (for the birds, not for dogs or cats; birds can have acetominophen/paracetamol)
-Alka-Seltzer Tablets (for slow-crop/crop-stasis)
-Q-Tips
-Sterile gauze pads
-Tweezers
-Oral Syringe
-Baby-Bird Handfeeding-Formula
-Pedialyte (unflavored)
-Probiotic tablets with Digestive Enzymes
-Toenail Clippers
-Emery Board

I've got some different prescription meds in mine as well, such as Metacam, Oral Diflucan and Nystatin, Oral Doxycycline, Baytril, Tylosin, and other oral Antibiotics, and I also have some different syringes with small-gauge needles, disposable scalpels, IV Catheter Kits, Suture Kits with Injectible Lidocaine, Subcutaneous Fluid Solutions (Lactated Ringers Solution and 5% Dextrose Solution), etc....But that's not for everyone...
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