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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

On Wed. Nov 13 PBS will cover “UNWANTED PARROTS”, on their nature program. Program starts at 7PM central time. Have tissues ready!

This show will be heart breaking and eye opening. This is what animal rights groups use against us to prevent us from keeping our Feathered friends.

Everyone needs to be aware and become pro-active to prevent new legislation from becoming law. Join the AFA if you are not a member and sign-up for their email alerts. Write to your representatives to let them know you are concerned about animal rights but not to the point of removing all rights of pet owners. Either we become involved or we will lose a part of our life and liberty.

AFA News Brief

Click on the following link to see the most recent news brief from the AFA:    http://www.afabirds.org/cons_goinghome.shtml

Goldenfeast Recalls Bird Food

This was brought to our attention by Mary Hill:

 

Goldenfeast Inc., is recalling several exotic bird food blends because of possible salmonella contamination caused by parsley flake ingredients supplied to them, by Specialty Commodities, Inc., an outside supplier.

No human or pet illnesses have been reported.

On Feb. 11, 2013 Specialty Commodities, Inc., initiated a voluntary product recall of parsley flakes distributed  to Goldenfeast Inc., and other pet food manufacturers because the product may have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Specialty Commodities distributed the products to Goldenfeast Inc., on May 17, 2012.

Recalled products were distributed to retailers and distributors in the states of: Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, Virginia and Canada.

No other Goldenfeast Inc. products were impacted by the voluntary recall. Customers who have purchased any of the products listed below are urged to contact Goldenfeast at 800-344-6536 between the hours and 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday, for instruction on product return.

HEY FOLKS, WE ARE ON FACEBOOK

This has been a long time coming, but we are now on Face Book. You can reach our page by going to https://www.facebook.com/okbirds2013. Tell all your friends and pass the word. Don't forget to click "like". I'll see you there.