Stabilizing a Sick Bird and When To See A Vet
5 STEPS TO PROVIDING GENERAL SUPPORTIVE CARE TO YOUR BIRD
- Get your CLEAN, PREPARED HOSPITAL CAGE OUT.
- WARMTH: Turn on a bird safe heat source like a Snuggle Up Cage Warmer and begin warming the cage.
- Insert your bird.
- MINIMIZE STRESS: Cover the hospital cage both to retain warmth, encourage needed sleep and reduce noise and stress from household commotion. DON'T HANDLE YOUR BIRD ANY MORE THAN IS NECESSARY
- DETERMINE HOW FAST TO GET VET CARE: See the chart below to detrmine if the incident warrants immediate veterinarian care or whether you can buy a little time with general supportive care and observation.
GET EMERGENCY VET CARE NOW:
- BLEEDING, EXTERNAL that won't stop
- BLEEDING, INTERNAL - in vomit & or diarrhea
- ANY BURN
- BODILY COLLAPSE or loss of balance
- POISON - Chemicals & plants. (Please retain sample of item for your vet)
- ANY ANIMAL ATTACK can cause deadly bacterial infections that kill fast
- SERIOUS INJURY such as puncture wound to eye, chest or abdomen, open laceration, or fracture
- SEVERE BREATHING PROBLEMS - gaspy, noisy or rattling sounds, distressed breathing or tail bobbing with each breath.
- STRAINING to pass droppings
- UNCONTROLLABLE ITCHING
SAME DAY APPOINTMENT:
- NOT EATING especially when combined with other signs of distress such as labored breathing and diarrhea
- LABORED BREATHING which looks like shallow, rapid breaths, with or without a cough.
- EGG BOUND - abdominal distention accompanied by indications of pain, straining and depression
- EYE ISSUES- eyes partially or completely closed, cloudy, blueish or opaque color in eyes, that indicate infection.
- SWALLOWED FOREIGN OBJECT - as this may pose life-threatening issues with elimination.
- HYPOTHERMIA or low body temperature
- GENERAL INJURIES especially animal bites including other bird bites should receive immediate treatment.
- SEVERE DIARRHEA that includes frequent, runny poop, indications of abdominal pain and straining to eliminate.
- SWELLING that feels hard, warm and is painful or has a discharge.
OFFER GENERAL SUPPORTIVE CARE FOR ABOUT 24 HOURS; BE SEEN IF MINIMAL IMPROVEMENT
- Loss of appetite
- Diarrhea with no sign of blood and no indication of pain or straining.
- Itching - moderate scratching that isn't tearing skin
- Thirst that looks like excessive drinking.
- Vomiting - 1-2 episodes (other than sexual flirtations) with no other medical involvement such as diarrhea, lethargy, perching on cage floor.