Parakeet Medical Kit ListingParakeets are just like human toddlers. They are incredibly inquisitive, and love to explore every nook and cranny they can get to. They love to hang upside down by their claws, and can fit into very small areas. This means that your keet might end up in a rough situation, even if you watch your keet every second he or she is out of the cage. Some keets can get injured in their cages, because their feet get caught in a toy or other such injuries.
It's important that you are ready for such a situation *before* it happens, rather than trying to hop in your car and go driving for supplies while your keet is injured. Find a plastic box to hold the supplies and keep them by the keet cage. That way if something happens, you can easily grab the box and start handling the situation.
Vet Phone Number
You don't want to be flipping through a phone book if you have a parakeet emergency. Parakeets are very tiny and only have a small amount of blood in them. Tape the phone number of your vet, and a backup number to another vet, on the front of your box. You want to call that vet immediately if something happens, to get advice on what to do.
A styptic pencil is used by people who shave, to stop the bleeding. It is a coagulant that causes the blood to clot. This can help you buy some time for your keet, by stopping the bleeding until you can get him or her to help.
Mist Sprayer with Water
They sell tiny plastic mist sprayers, used for spraying plants. They are very cheap (50 cents or so) but are perfect for medical emergencies. This can spray off an injured area so you can get the styptic pencil to the actual wound and get it to stop bleeding.
Small, Soft Washcloth
An injured parakeet is going to be very scared and will probably bite in panic. Use a small, soft washcloth to gently take a hold of your keet, to examine the keet for injuries. If the keet is really in bad shape, use the utmost in care in moving her. You don't want to make things worse. With humans, they use a 'body board' to keep the body as straight as possible when they move it. With a keet, you can use a piece of cardboard if the keet is really injured. But most of the time it's a twisted foot or broken wing, and gently lifting the keet with a washcloth is more gentle.
Most keets come home from the pet store in a small cardboard box. Keep this, or another small cage, around if you're able to. If you need to take your keet to a vet, it's safest to do that in a small container that doesn't have any moving perches or swings or other items. You don't want anything to bump into your keet while you bring her to get looked at.
Yes, this is a treat - but it's a great distraction tool. If your keet is busy munching on millet, she might not mind that you are doing something mysterious to her foot.
NOTE: I AM NOT A VET! If you have ANY concern about your parakeet's health and safety, no 'far off person' on the web will be able to accurately diagnose the issue. You need to bring your keet to a real, live vet to see the symptoms first hand and take appropriate action.
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