ISSN: 1391 - 0531
Sunday November 18, 2007
Vol. 42 - No 25

Try a little TLC

Some guidelines from veterinarian Dr. Deepani Jayamaha

  • An exhausted or injured bird could be fully conscious, sub conscious or unconscious. Such a bird should be protected from dogs, cats, rats and crows, shikras etc.
  • The ideal environment should be a dark, quiet and warm place.
  • Practise gentle and minimum handling- never force feed a subconscious or unconscious bird!!
  • If conscious, and still too weak to fly on its own; try small amounts of low concentrated glucose saline with Vitamin C.
  • If the bird is able to fly, release it as soon as possible in a proper environment.
  • A perch protected from predators would be useful.
  • Attend to traumatic injuries (broken bones) as necessary - if extensive care is needed, consult a veterinarian
  • If it is necessary to keep the bird for a few days for medical care, provide a proper cage(avoid injurious materials!!) with the appropriate substrate (depending on the species; ground, aquatic, perch etc.).
  • Follow veterinary instructions clearly.
  • Provide clean food and water.
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