Parrot fractures and first aid - specialist recommendations
Fractures in a parrot, as a rule, require first aid in the form of a tire overlay.
How to splint a parrot in a fracture
1. First of all, feed the budgie well and leave it alone for a while to calm it down. Exception: heavy bleeding that does not allow the slightest delay. In this case, you must urgently consult a veterinarian, otherwise the bird may die.
2. You can pipette a few drops of water with the addition of glucose or sugar.
3. Prepare everything you need for dressing:
- sterile gauze
- small scissors
- adhesive plaster
- the cloth
4. Cut a few tapes of the adhesive tape so that they are at hand.
5. If the bird has an open wound, it should be treated with hydrogen peroxide and cover with a gauze swab.
6. In a state of shock, the bird rushes about. To limit its movement, take a sock with a slotted hole. The diameter of the hole should match the size of the head of the parrot. Another hole is made for a damaged foot or wing. Put this sock on the bird, stick the head and the damaged limb into the holes. Make sure the parrot is free to breathe.
7. If the budgie continues to worry, throw a piece of cloth over his head. However, make sure that it does not interfere with breathing.
8. Continue to overlay the tire. Do not squeeze the parrot too hard so as not to break anything else.
Ointments are not recommended, since feathers stick together from their use, and the bird is very anxious.
Parrot wing injury
A wing injury in a parrot is very dangerous, since the slightest movement is fraught with bone displacement. Therefore, any damage will require a serious approach.
If you have no experience with tires, you are unlikely to do it yourself. Therefore, it is better to consult a veterinarian. In addition, the doctor will be able to do anesthesia, which will save your feathered friend from severe pain.
If it is impossible to deliver the bird to the clinic, you can follow the following recommendations.
In case of a wing fracture in a parrot, a tire must be immediately applied. If the joint is simply displaced, the splint is not needed; bandaging with a bandage is enough.
Joint displacement heals in a few days, a fracture - in 2 - 3 weeks. But if the nerve is damaged, recovery will take longer.
If the fracture is serious, the bird holds one wing much lower than the other. If the wing joint is broken, the bone may not grow together correctly.
Carefully inspect the bird to see if the fracture is closed or open.
With an open fracture, a part of the bone sticking out of the skin is visible. Here you need tires on both sides of the wing. If the fracture is closed, the bone does not stick out. In this case, the tire is superimposed on only one side of the damaged wing.
The wound must be disinfected with chlorhexidine, miramistin, or hydrogen peroxide. Do not use alcohol - it causes burns! If feathers get into the wound, remove them with tweezers.
Broken bone neatly returns to its place, the skin carefully connects.
The splint should be so tight as to prevent bone displacement.
Before applying the tire a gauze or bandage is placed under it.
Adhesive plaster helps to fix the tire more reliably.
It is impossible to bandage the wings completely, as the parrot will not be able to maintain balance.
In case of fractures, osteosynthesis (the connection of bone fragments) is indicated, as this allows the bird to fly again.
After that, the bird should be placed in a small cage to limit movement. Place the drinker and feeder as close to the patient as possible.
If possible, contact your veterinarian for advice and further appointments.
Parrot leg injury
The procedure is similar to that described above. In any case, the wound is washed and disinfected.
Limit the movement of the budgie. To do this, attach the wings to the body with a bandage.
To separate the tabs, you can put a small fabric roller between them.
The tire overlaps only on the outside of the foot. Make sure that she does not rub the wound.
To avoid infection, disinfect the wound every day using a pipette.
A closed fracture heals in 2 to 3 weeks. After that, the tire can be removed.
At the time of treatment, replace the vents in the cage with flat and wide shelves to evenly distribute the weight on both legs.