Vetark Professional at Think Parrots 2014

Vetark Professional at Think Parrots 2014

Vetark Think Parrots Show Exhibitor

On 23rd June we were at Kempton Park Racecourse for the 2014 Think Parrots Show. As well as exhibiting our fantastic range of high-quality products suitable for parrots, our director Peter Scott (MRCVS) gave a talk on ‘First Aid for Birds and Advances in Avian Medicine.’ The tips and explanations of veterinary procedures are useful for any bird owner so we have included a condensed version below for reference.


- Birds hide the initial signs of problems. Bear in mind this often means the issue has either been getting progressively worse or is ongoing – so act fast! - Limited first aid is available

- Follow the ABC rule, stabilize the bird and get it to a vet quickly.

- ABC: Airways are clear, Breathing is possible as air sacs are inflating, Care provided through warmth, fluids, physical injury support and vet visit.

- Birds cannot afford to lose much blood as their blood volume is low. To stop bleeding on leg/wing apply pressure and a cohesive bandage. Nails and beaks can be stopped in an emergency by using a styptic.

- If bleeding is from a broken blood feather, restrain the bird and firmly pull the feather before applying pressure. Don’t use styptics on these injuries.

- If the bird is egg bound

- Showing signs of depression means a vet must be contacted immediately. If the bird is still bright, consider warmth and high humidity for a few hours, as well as ensuring calcium is available in the drinking water or give Zolcal D directly for a strong boost. If the situation does not improve after 24hrs, see a vet. Ensure you explain exactly how you tried to remedy the situation and when it was found.

Remember that avian medicine is advancing at a faster rate than ever before as our understanding of the issues improves. ALWAYS seek veterinary attention with a sick or injured bird as you can rarely assess the true extent of injury without their expertise.

Finally, make sure you have adequate pet insurance and an ‘after-care’ plan for when incidents happen. Knowing how to provide essential support through tube feeding, correct warmth provision (28-30 degrees centigrade), preventing dehydration and allowing rest is critical, if uncertain please speak to your vet for advice.