How To Handle A Crisis

Find out what to do when an emergency or the unexpected happens to your parrot.

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Many of us hope for the best and don? like having to think about traumatic things happening in our lives. However, if there is one thing you can expect in life, it is the unexpected. Accidents and illness can happen, even to our parrots. In a moment of crisis, the best thing you can do for your parrot is to be able to focus on your bird, and being prepared can help you do this. If you have a plan in place for dealing with parrot health emergencies, you won? have to stress about the basics. It is not fun to think about bad things happening, but we should all have a plan.

Know Where To Go
Having a veterinarian you trust is an important aspect of caring for your parrot. You parrot should be going in for checkups and comfortable with riding in a carrier and seeing the veterinarian. Hopefully, you have a vet you are familiar with and who knows parrots. More than this, you should know the hours that your veterinarian keeps. Do you know where to take your parrot on the weekend or after hours when you bird has a health crisis and time is of the essence? Sometimes it seems as if emergencies only happen on the weekend when everyone is closed. Having a plan in place can help you focus on your bird instead of panicking about what to do next.

Be Prepared For The Unexpected
Having everything you need on hand in case your parrot becomes unexpectedly ill can eliminate some stress for everyone. Sometimes you cannot get your parrot to the vet until the morning or perhaps need a place for your parrot to recover once she returns from the vet. You should have a cage or carrier where the parrot can comfortably sit on the floor if she is not feeling well or has been injured. Have a heating pad on hand so you can place it underneath the cage and keep a portion of it warm. Birds that are in shock from sickness or injury have a difficult time regulating their temperature. You should also have a place in your home that is quiet and where your parrot will not be disturbed frequently.

When The Worst Happens
Having a plan can save your parrot? life in an emergency. However, sometimes, the worst happens. No one could ever be entirely prepared to lose a beloved pet. I recently lost an adored 42-year-old African grey to heart disease and know this all too well. I also realize now however, how important it is to know what to do next. It? hard enough to deal with the grief without having to also agonize over next steps.

This is a difficult consideration, but if you have other parrots in your home and one of your birds dies unexpectedly, you should consider having a necropsy done. It is important to know if other birds in your home are at risk. Honestly though, it is probably more important for your own piece of mind. Knowing why won? bring back your friend, but it may give you answers and help you deal with your grief. It can be a huge relief to know that you did everything you could. Sometimes, it? just time for a beautiful life to leave this world for whatever is next.

All the same ?and I know this is hard ?you need to know where to take your parrot. Not all veterinarians do necropsies and most send them out to laboratories. You might need to take your parrot to a lab nearby that is separate from your veterinarian. If it is after hours, then you may need to place your parrot in the refrigerator (not the freezer which will compromise the veterinarian? ability to do the examination).

You should also know how you want to honor your friend? passing. Again, I know that this is so hard to even consider, but if you know what to do next, then you can just go through the motions until you are ready process the loss. It is so incredibly difficult to lose a parrot. So think through these few things. And then get back to what is important ?everything you should appreciate now. We are all so very fortunate to share our lives with these brilliant and wonderful companions.

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