Dr. Best on Bird First Aid

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"Be Prepared" is the motto of the Boy Scouts, but all pet bird owners should also be ready to help our feathered kids just as we do our human children.  At the July 27, 2014 general meeting of the OAS, one of our favorite avian vets, Dr. Carol Best of Best Friends Veterinary, will help us prepare for those emergencies every bird owner dreads.

Come ready to take notes, because you'll want to get everything together BEFORE the emergency strikes.

See you at 1:30 on Sunday, July 27 at the Hardesty Library.

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Indian Summer Bird Fair Vendor Contract!

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The OAS fall Bird Fair is being planned for September 12, 2015.  Persons who want space at the fair should download the Vendor Contract and return to OAS with payment before August 15, 2015 to ensure your favorite spot.  Remember, if you've paid your 2015 dues, you'll get a discount for each table space you rent.

Bird Fair Vendor Contract 

Published in Activities, Bird Fair

June 22, 2014 – Tea for ‘Toos – (and other birds, too!)

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For our June 22nd meeting, we're bringing in expert Jason Crean to speak to us about how we can better care for our birds.  I know you'll want to attend.

As aviculturists, we tend to focus a great deal on nutrition in the form of food.  But what do our birds drink in the wild?  They don't drink purified water... far from it.  They actually drink tea in the form of rainwater catches, full of important compounds leeched from plants into these pools.  This talk looks at the different health benefits of tea and how they can help you and your birds go from surviving to thriving.

JasonCrean

Jason Crean is a biologist wearing many hats. An avid aviculturist and zoo consultant, specializing in the propagation of softbills like green aracaris and white-backed mousebirds, as well as avian nutrition and exhibit design, he is President of The Avicultural Society of Chicagoland, and moderates the Holistic Avian Care group on Facebook. Jason often speaks to avicultural groups and acts as a consultant to zoos and other institutions. He specializes in taking scientific research, like that of the genetics lab, and incorporating it into instructional materials to illustrate how science affects conservation. He also runs a live animal education program that does free interactive programs. Jason is a biology instructor at the high school and university level and a curriculum designer and instructor at Brookfield Zoo.

http://www.mrcrean.com/bio.html

April 27, 2014 – Next General Meeting Theme “Evening in Paris”

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This month, Kathleen has chosen the theme of Evening in Paris.  Although we aren't sure what that means, I'm sure she's got something fun planned.

And our guest speaker is Carol Gardner, a lover of small birds including finches and Linnies (Lineolated Parakeets) in particular.  She has been a vendor at recent Bird Fairs, so you may already know her.  This is an opportunity for our members who have the smaller parrots, canaries and finches to actively participate.  Bring your questions, but not your birds to this April General Meeting.

Caple society finches                 Linnies

See you at Hardesty Library off the Creek Turnpike and Memorial.

 

Pet Emergency Kit

Pet Emergency Kit

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
• Scissors
• Tweezers
• Nail clippers and metal nail file
• Cornstarch (to help control bleeding from a nail)
• Penlight
• 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
• Stethoscope
• Gram scale
• Needle-nose pliers or hemostats
• Wire cutters
• Net
• 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
• Stockinette
• Gel foam - stops bleeding from wounds (ask your avian veterinarian)
• Band-Aids (for humans)

Nutritional Support
• Rehydrating solution such as Gatorade or Pedialyte

Medicines*
• 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.

Published in Bird Basics, Bird Care