Due to their often small size and unique physical characteristics, birds can deteriorate rapidly in the event of illness and injury. Timely intervention in the event of clinical signs is therefore essential for an optimal prognosis. Authored by avian veterinarian Rob van Zon, this concise, practical guide will help veterinary professionals to provide first aid and emergency care for birds, as well as to instruct clients on providing basic first aid when they are unable to get to the clinic.

This full-color book, packed with photographs and anatomy drawings, includes instructions for veterinary professionals on stabilizing sick avian patients and management of many specific emergency situations at the veterinary clinic. This includes guidance for those presented with a moribund, critically ill patient i.e., recognizing and treating hypothermia, hypoxia, hypovolemia and hypoglycemia. The book also lists of alarming signs of disease and toxic plants, and includes clinical procedures, an emergency drug formulary, and bandaging techniques. Finally, it offers guidance to veterinarians giving advice to bird owners for first aid at home.

part 1|10 pages

Acute clinical signs of disease

part 2|30 pages

Birds as emergency patients at the veterinary clinic

chapter 4|2 pages

General stabilization of sick birds

chapter 5|2 pages


chapter 6|6 pages

Fluid therapy

chapter 7|2 pages

Nutritional support

chapter 8|2 pages


chapter 9|2 pages

Analgesia and anesthesia

part 3|118 pages

Specific emergency situations

chapter 4211|4 pages

Leg band constriction

chapter 12|2 pages

Bleeding pin feather

chapter 13|2 pages


chapter 14|2 pages

Bleeding nail or beak tip

chapter 15|4 pages

Perforating (bite) trauma of the beak

chapter 16|4 pages

Lacerations and cuts

chapter 17|2 pages

Bite wound or deep wound caused by claws

chapter 18|2 pages


chapter 19|2 pages

Burn injuries

chapter 21|2 pages

Oil contamination

chapter 22|12 pages


chapter 23|2 pages


chapter 24|4 pages

Cloacal prolapse

chapter 25|6 pages


chapter 26|6 pages

Crop stasis

chapter 27|4 pages


chapter 28|10 pages

Egg binding/dystocia

chapter 29|6 pages


chapter 31|2 pages


chapter 35|12 pages

Abnormal droppings

chapter 36|2 pages

Damaged air sac