Cockatiel First Aid

Sometimes your pet cockatiel will get itself into a situation where quick action is required to prevent further injury or even death. Here are some basic first aid techniques and aids that you should keep should the situation arise for your cockatiel to need first aid.

It is a good idea to assemble a birds first aid kit to keep on hand for your cockatiel. Here is a list of things to include.

1. A heat lamp, heating pad or other heat source.

2. Some appropriate sized towels for catching and holding your cockatiel.

3. A note pad and pencil to make notes if required.

4. Cornstarch or styptic powder to stop bleeding.

5. Nail clippers, file and blunt nosed scissors.

6. Needle nosed pliers to pull blood feathers if need be.

7. Blunt nosed tweezers.

8. Disinfectant solution.

9. Eye irrigation solution.

10. Eyedropper and plastic syringes.

11. Penlight or small torch.

Keep all these supplies handy in one box together, and this will eliminate having to search for supplies when an emergency arises. This box should travel with your bird, whether it is to a bird show or the pet sitters.

If there happens to be a medical emergency, here are some steps to follow. Firstly keep as calm as possible. Next stop the bleeding. Keep the bird warm and avoid over handling it.

Once the above is accomplished, call your veterinarian for further instructions. Describe what happened to your pet in as much detail as possible. Listen carefully to the instructions given, write them down and then follow them. Finally transport your pet if need be to the vet as quickly and safely as you can.

Here are some examples of medical emergencies that may arise with your cockatiel. In all the cases, the cockatiel will need to be taken to the vet.

1. Injury to the Beak

If the birds injures its beak and it is bleeding or a portion of it has broken off, take it to the vet.

2. Animal bites

If another animal bites your pet cockatiel, take it to the vet, as infection can set in from the saliva on the other animals teeth. The internal organs will also need to be checked out, as they could be damaged with a vicious bite.

3. Bleeding

If a cockatiel loses more than 20 percent of its blood it will be in danger. For external bleeding apply direct pressure to the wound. Once the bleeding stops watch your cockatiel for signs of shock and to make sure the bleeding doesn’t start up again.

If a blood feather is broken by accident, the only way to stop the bleeding, would be to pull the feather out with flat nosed pliers.