Do you have a first aid kit prepared for your parrot? If you answered "no" to this question, you probably aren't alone.
The truth is that most owners never take the time to create a first aid kit for their parrots. They either view it as unnecessary and/or too much of a hassle. Fret not, for having a very own First Aid Kit For Your Parrot can be easily achieved and will surely come in handy.
Whether you own a small parakeet or a large Macaw, every owner should have a kit on hand in the event of emergency medical situations. Just as we humans can experience potentially emergency medical situations, so can our feathered friends.
By creating and having a first aid kit for your pet parrot, you'll increase the chances of a positive outcome should an emergency situation ever arise. This way you can also make sure that you’ve done sufficient help if your pet parrot ever gets into a mishap before the emergency trip to vet will occur.
It is also always best to have a backup plan should the need arise, so keep your avian vet’s emergency number placed anywhere within sight for a swift call. You can place it alongside your emergency numbers which should be by the home telephone and/or you can also put on inside the first aid kit for easy access.
Even it you never use the first aid kit (let's hope you don't), having a first aid kit readily available will give you the peace of mind knowing that your parrot is safe and that you have the tools that can readily be of aid any time of the day.
Now you might be wondering, what do I need to have for my pet parrot’s first aid kit? Let’s talk about that below!
What To Include In a First Aid Kit For Your Parrot:
- Styptic gel or powder (in case you accidentally clip your parrot's nails too far and it causes them to bleed).
- Medical scissors
- Bandages in a variety of different sizes
- Triple antibiotic ointment
- Small bag of emergency food (change it on a regular basis to ensure it's fresh).
- Notepad or index card with the phone numbers to your regular veterinarian, an emergency veterinarian, and the poison control hotline.
- Vet bandage wrap
- Small flashlight with an extra set of batteries
- Bottle of hydrogen peroxide
- Magnifying glass
Once you've purchased or otherwise acquired all of the items mentioned above, you'll need to place them in a large container or bag. It can be any bag that’s safe and secured with a lock to make sure that the items inside wouldn’t fall or make a mess.
You don't have to spend a fortune on some fancy bag with a "First Aid" label, as a basic gym bag will suffice. If you're on a budget, you can even use something as simple as an old beach bag or a department store shopping bag. You can get creative with the bag for your pet parrot’s first aid kit but just make sure you remember where you put it and maybe a label will help, too, in case of emergencies so that the kit can easily be distinguished from the rest.
Now that you’ve placed your newly created parrot first aid kit in an easily accessible location so that anyone -- including you and other members of your family -- can reach it, your pet parrot’s first aid kit is achieved.
A few suggestions of where to put it would be underneath the kitchen sink, which is always a great place, or you can store it in the medicine cabinet where everything about medications and first aid necessities are normally stored. Don't forget to let everyone in your home know where the first aid kit is located and what it all it contains so even when you’re not around or unreachable, they know where to go for any kind of bird emergency.
Are you now ready to have your own first aid kit for your pet parrot? It surely is a tedious task to gather the necessities and there are quite a few of them that need to be acquired but having one in handy will always help make you and your pet parrot sleep better at night.
Did we leave out any essential first aid items for parrots? What’s your first aid kit story with your pet parrot? Let us know in the comments section below!