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What Should I Do to Help an Injured Bird? Read this or you may do more harm than good!

Published on March 23, 2018 by Staff Writer

Spring is just around the corner, and with the return of the sun, the birds will be out. But that also means you are more likely to see one that is hurt and injured, and you may be wondering: What should I do to help an injured bird? The answer is: get help from a vet tech. You can do your part to help, and there are entire teams of people who work as wildlife rehabilitators to help get birds back in the sky. And if you love helping birds, you might want to consider becoming a vet tech yourself.

What Should I Do to Help an Injured Bird?

This first and most important thing to do when you find an injured bird is to watch it carefully. Rushing in can do more harm than good, and many times birds will recover on their own, which is best. Birds that are stunned after they hit a window, or baby birds that appear to have fallen out of the nest, are often just resting and will fly away soon. You can help these birds simply by watching over them until they fly away, and by keeping predators like cats away from them.

But some birds have more serious injuries. When you try to help, you must be very careful.Birds go into shock easily, and often die from shock, so you must be very gentle.

Avoid handling a bird directly with your bare hands. They can spread disease to humans, and you can spread diseases to them as well. Instead, pick it up gently with a blanket or towel and place it in a cool box away from the sun. Then call your local veterinarian, Humane Society, or animal control. These resources can treatanimal and put you in touch with a wildlife rehabilitator.

What Happens Next?

After you take the injured bird to a veterinarian or a wildlife rehabilitator, they will observe the bird for illness, treat its injuries, and if possible, release it back into the wild. It takes a steady hand and a light touch to treat injured birds. Because their bodies are small, and in order to fly, every little thing matters. Some birds are too badly injured to be returned to the wild, so wildlife rehabilitators will look for sanctuaries or zoos that can give them a home.

It’s rewarding work, and if you like helping birds, you should consider becoming a veterinary technician. Vet techs do much of the work administering treatment, taking x-rays, and feeding injured birds while they are being rehabilitated. All you need is a two-year degree such as the associates degree from the Veterinary Technology Program at  Broadview University. There is even a specialization in avian medicine, so if you love birds, veterinary technology might be your dream career.

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