HOW TO HELP AN INJURED DOVE?
As pets, doves are excellent for those who want to get started in the world of pets or bird breeding. They are beautiful, charming, and easy to care for. These birds tend to reproduce easily in captivity. In their growth process, they are very active, jumping and flapping in their nest, so it is common to fall out of the nest at that stage, and it is that, of course, they begin to move more and be more adventurous!
If you want to know: How to help an injured pigeon or dove? Read on to find out about those things worth knowing, and be ready to help your dove.
How To Help An Injured Dove?
Identifying when a dove is injured in time requires specific skills. This is because doves, like most domesticated birds, instinctively tend to hide any illness or injury. In animal nature, showing signs of weakness such as illness/injury increases the possibility of being attacked by other animals, even the same species.
Therefore, if you are a dove owner or breeder, you must learn to know any unusual behavior of your birds that leads you to identify when they may be sick or injured so that you can help them as they deserve and on time.
When you see signs such as lameness, inability to move the wings properly, or any unusual discharge such as bleeding, or a lack/deficiency of physical activity, if you do not know how to treat it, seek veterinary attention immediately. Also, if your bird is slowed down, curled up, or lying at the bottom of the cage, take immediate action. Notify your vet and transport the bird or birds as soon as possible.
To give your feathered pets first aid, look for any deformities, unusual wing positions, or lameness. The basics that you should check visually:
- Eyes: they should be open and bright. You can use sterile saline solution to dilute disinfectants and clean wounds or rinse wounds and eyes.
- Cuts and Wounds: Only use topical disinfectants on open wounds and skin.
- Feathers: lack of feathers may indicate an underlying wound.
- Posture: weak birds will sit.
Try to get yourself a First Aid Kit. Some standard things you can consider helping your pet:
- 1 roll of masking tape to cover snapping peaks.
- 1 roll of microspores, half-inch or 1 inch or Vet Wrap, to glue wings.
- 1 bottle of antiseptic powder or liquid such as liquid Savlon or 1% hydrogen peroxide to heal open wounds.
Take your injured pets to the specialist, be sure to transport your bird or birds to the veterinarian in a comfortable/safe transporter, which allows maintaining the warm temperature and the air intake. To transport your bird or birds safely and warm, remember always to use these three key things:
- Heat. Use a heating pad, hot water bottle, or other container filled with hot water.
- In the dark, cover the carrier with a towel to minimize visual stimuli.
- Conveyor, keep it next to the heat source.
We are a low-scale local dove breeder based in New York City, Long Island. We run our little dove farming business from our backyard. Without intermediaries, we sell the doves that we raise from babies. Please remember, we're not bird experts nor a New York State licensed veterinarian.
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