I cut my bird’s nails too short and they bled quite a bit but it’s stopped now. Should I take them to the Emergency Vet?

If the bird is sitting fluffed from the blood loss, and is painful (toes), first thing to do is get some heat to the caging. This can be done using a heating pad up against the outside of the cage near where the bird is sitting. Drape the cage with a towel to help keep the bird warm.

Any Emergency Veterinarian service needs to be one that has experience with birds. Most do not. You would have to call. If during office hours, your regular avian veterinarian should be consulted.

It may be that your bird needs some fluids and pain medications. It all depends on how the bird is acting from the blood loss. If he is sitting normally and is not fluffed, I’d probably supply the heat and just watch him closely for a few hours. If the toes seem painful – i.e. he’s alternating holding a foot up, then he likely should be seen by an avian veterinarian for pain medication.

Answered by Cathy Johnson-Delaney, DVM, Dipl. ABVP-Avian Practice, Dipl. ABVP-Exotic Companion Mammals. 

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