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First Aid For Birds: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet Hardcover – November 1, 1998

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From the Back Cover

At last, a book for pet owners that focuses on administering first aid to birds. You'll not only learn step-by-step information on emergency situations bird owners might encounter, you'll also learn how to quickly save your bird's life by taking action, and how to prevent emergencies by feeding your bird a balanced diet, regularly trimming his wings and nails and bird-proofing your home. First Aid for Birds is written by an expert and includes instructions on monitoring your bird's health by regular veterinary visits and observing your bird daily for signs of illness. Best of all, the book is filled with color photos, info-packed sidebars and fun facts to make caring for your pet bird easy and enjoyable.

About the Author

JULIE RACH is the author of several titles in Howell's Happy Healthy Pet Series, including The Cockatiel and The Budgie, and was an editor of BirdTalk magazine. She resides in California with her African Grey, Sindbad. GARY A. GALLERSTEIN, DVM specializes in veterinary care for birds. He is the author of The Complete Bird Owner's Handbook (Howell Book House, 1994).
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Book House; 1 edition (November 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876055315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876055311
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #915,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Most of the information in this book was right on for treating avian injuries. It had good suggestions for preparing an emergency kit and for acquainting a pet lover of what situations may arise when their bird is injured.
However, one piece of information was very very wrong and it upset me to read it in an otherwise fine piece of avian literature. On page 112 it advocates packing a blood feather with styptic powder which is painful for the bird because styptic powder should NEVER be applied to live tissue. This worries me because there might be other errors in the text that may ultimately be painful, dangerous, or even deadly to a pet bird.
This book is OK for reading through to familiarize yourself with bird injuries and how to treat them, but because it lacks a detailed index and a scant chapter listing, it may not be helpful in an emergency unless you have dog-eared the book for your bird's most frequent health issues. It is also a poor reference for this reason.
However, compared to relying on unreliable websites, this book is arguably a better option.
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Two weeks ago on a Saturday morning, I found blood all over one of my Cockatiels. I now know that he had pecked at a feather abscess which had burst and splattered its contents everywhere. THE COMPLETE BIRD OWNER'S HANDBOOK by Gallerstein provided me with the information I needed so that I could determine if the bleeding was life-threatening (such as a broken blood feather), and whether I could treat it. This information allowed me to wait until the following Monday to have my bird seen by a bird vet who performed surgery on the cyst and ran several tests (biopsy, etc. to make sure it was not something that would kill my other birds) -- thus a $300+ vet bill instead of something much worse in at emergency service. I bought FIRST AID FOR BOOKS after this incident thinking it would provide me with additional insight into bird health situations, but it does not. Though more accessible, FIRST AID is a synopsis of some of the more common crises discussed in the larger book by Gallerstein.

In FIRST AID FOR BIRDS, Julie Rach and Gary Gallerstein explain that their book addressed the immediate steps to take in selected health crises (no feather abscesses here). Each topic covered is divided into several parts: the crises (for example fracture), the signs (leg hanging at a funny angle), home treatment (confine bird....), Veterinary treatment. (The book will help the bird owner figure out some steps to take in a selected crises, but the owner should read the larger Gallerstein book before a crises arises.
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By A Customer on January 6, 2001
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This is an excellent book. It gives first-aid kit suggestions, discusses normal bird health, and gives a list of symptoms with suggested treatments and when to call the vet. Our local library has this book and I found it very helpful. It is in a series of pet books, all of which are pretty good. A great addition to any bird-owner or bird-lover's library!
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I like this book alot. It has a list of bird illnesses and how to treat them, a chapter on preventive care, and a chapter on picking an avian vetrinarian. I found this book to be very helpful.
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This book is a must-have for all bird owners! Buy and read it to familiarize yourself with first aid procedures and then stash it as a quick reference if your bird should fall ill or have an accident. This book is a well-organized reference for what you can do to help stabilize your bird before you go to the vet in an emergency. It also tells you what problems are emergencies and must be treated without delay and what problems can wait a day or two.
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If you are looking for a non-technical book covering many of the illnesses/injuries your feathered friends may suffer, this is a good one.
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If only there were directions for how to build a brooder (incubator for sick birds) so that every potential do-it-yourselfer would be covered. i only say this because the avian vet's won't actually do anything invasive to save a parrot until they are sure the bird is out of shock which has to be done by a quiet time in a brooder incubator to keep them warm and it also helps to have some Rescue Remedy to give the bird as well. The charges for the brooder time at the vet's office and separation for 2-4 days without their human or other loved ones in the flock is far more stressful than is useful when they could be brought out of shock at home initially prior to surgery or other work being done since the vet's won't do anything initially anyway.
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thank you for sending so promtley and in good shape!!! I have several pet birds and this book will come in handy!! Thank you! It is so nice to be able to buy books I need used and so saves me money and can afford more books this way!!
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