How to Make a First Aid Kit for Your Bird
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith

Since you never know when an accident will happen, keeping a pet emergency kit at your home is a good idea. You can put a first aid kit together yourself and buy the items separately, or buy one ready-made. If you make one yourself, use a small plastic tub with a tight fitting lid to store the following items:

Important Phone Numbers
Veterinary clinic phone number and directions to the clinic
Emergency clinic phone number and directions
Poison control center phone numbers

Equipment and Supplies
Magnifying glass
Nail clippers and metal nail file
Cornstarch (to help control bleeding from a nail)
Scalpel blades and handles
Turkey baster
Eye dropper
Syringes of various sizes
Feeding tubes of various sizes (if you are trained in how to use them)
Lubricant such as mineral oil or KY Jelly (without spermicide)
Cotton swabs
Clean cloths and/or paper toweling
Disposable gloves
Gram scale
Needle-nose pliers or hemostats
Wire cutters
Towels for restraint and/or to cover cage
Pet carrier
Heating pad or heat lamp to use at home
Home thermometer to measure temperature of bird's environment
Heat pack or hot water bottle (to keep the bird warm during transport; wrap the pack in a towel - do not apply directly to your bird, or burns may result)

Bandaging Materials
Square gauze of various sizes - some sterile
Non-stick pads
First aid tape - both paper (easily comes off of skin and feathers, or use masking tape) and adhesive types
Bandage rolls - gauze and Vetwrap
Wooden sticks of various sizes for splints - tongue depressors, Popsicle sticks, toothpicks
Gel foam - stops bleeding from wounds (ask your avian veterinarian)
Band-Aids (for humans)

Nutritional Support
Rehydrating solution such as Gatorade or Pedialyte

Wound disinfectant such as Betadine or Nolvasan
Triple antibiotic ointment for skin
Antibiotic ophthalmic ointment for eyes, e.g., Terramycin
Eye wash solution
Sterile saline

*Watch the expiration dates on any medication, and replace as needed.

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