A must-have in your “Houston we have a problem” bird’s first aid kit. For all sized birds
More first aid kit suggestions are found below
2″ x 5 yards (15 feet) stretched., 2″ x 2.2 yards (11.5 feet) unstretched
- Hand tear, no scissors needed.
- Won’t shrink.
- Coheres to itself.
- No clips or tape needed.
- Will not stick to feathers, fur, skin or hair.
- Can help with grip on slippery PVC perches
- Do not use this on heated perches!
Parrot Pop Quiz: It’s 11 o’clock at night and visiting aunt Martha just sat down and broke your bird’s radius and ulna hewing wing bone because your bird was in his favorite spot on the couch but unfortunately he very much looks like the couch, just another fabric pattern in the couch to aunt Martha. And you really love your cockatiel but a $2000 emergency veterinarian visit just isn’t in the cards tonight so you………… okay I’ll wait………..
Think about it, you keep Band-Aids & maybe some gauze which requires adhesive tape in your medicine cabinet which can handle solid boned humans and help with dog and cat wounds.
You cannot use adhesive anywhere near a bird. Binding a bird with adhesive is like tying a dog’s feet as if you were roping cattle, just to immobilize a wound on a single leg. Tying a knot with roll gauze can be constricting.
You can wrap this safe bandage material around your bird’s body allowing a good wing to still be exposed. Or cut it into very narrow strips and use a wooden match as a splint for a broken leg.
Then hopefully you can visit you your vet during normal office hours where they’ll probably want to take x-rays and at the end of the day if those little hollow fragile bird bones are able to be set back into place, guess what your vet may use to send your bird home? The very same type of bandage you brought your bird in with.
Bird anatomy refresher: birds do not have a larynx like you and me, they have something called a pharynx. You cannot choke a bird by using your thumb and your index finger to restrain them around the neck and it is actually a very good way to hold a nervous bird and not get bit. The design of a bird’s lungs is to remain open and not pump like a bellows, like you and I have, instead, compressing a bird’s chest can suffocate a bird.
This video will give you an excellent sense
for applying this none adhesive bandage to a bird’s wing
When using this on a bird, the fit must be gentle so it does not interfere with your birds breathing. The material is very light stretchable so it is pretty easy to do but just keep it in the front of your mind while you’re wrapping your bird apply the last wrap without stretching AT ALL then cut away from roll and press gently in place. It will adhere without getting stuck.
Two bird factoids:
1) Sitting on or laying on pet birds is one of the biggest reasons for pet bird deaths
2) If your bird gets adhesive on its wings which can come from an errant glue flytrap or an unguarded craft project – you get the idea, stabilize the bird with a towel – you practiced toweling right? Ok, here’s the step-by-step and then after the bird is toweled expose the body part and remove the adhesive by rubbing olive oil over the adhesive area. Better yet, use a water-based personal lubricant that dissolves the glue without leaving you with an oil-covered bird.
This product is bird safe but does contain natural rubber latex which may cause allergic reactions in humans.
Yes, Vet Wrap is just fine to cover rope perches, wood perches, metal things, anything. It is safe to use. It has no appeal to the birds and is not harmful. if they happen to unwrap it, rewrap it or cut any loose end off. When it gets dirty, unwrap and throw out and replace.