The following information was taken from "Bird Owner's Home Health and Care" by Gary A. Gallerstein, D.V.M.
| Common Ornamental Plants | Flower
Garden Plants | Plants in Woods
Vegetable Garden Plants | Trees and Shrubs | Plants in the Field | Christmas Plants
First Aid for Poisoning
(Jequirity Bean, Crab's Eye, Precatory Bean)
|Elephant's Ear||Leaves, stems|
|Castor Bean||Beans, leaves|
|English Ivy||Berries, leaves|
|Oleander||Leaves, branches, nectar of blossoms|
(Yellow Be-Still Tree)
|Leaves, branches, nectar of blossoms|
|Skunk cabbage||All parts|
|Black Locust||Bark, sprouts, foliage|
|Nightshades||Unripe berries, leaves|
Note: Wild mushrooms can also be poisonous. It requires an expert to differentiate between poisonous and non-poisonous wild mushrooms. They grow in gardens, lawns, and wooded areas. Any wild mushrooms should be considered poisonous until proven otherwise.
If no veterinary care is immediately available, the bird is conscious, and you are sure that the poison was ingested and not just played with, the following medication can be given to coat the digestive tract and help prevent absorbtion of the poison.
First Aid for Poisoning:
- Remove the poison to prevent further ingestion.
- Keep the bird quiet and warm.
- Get immediate veterinary care. Bring a sample of the suspected poison, any vomit, along with the most recent droppings.
The dosage for a cockatiel would be 1-2 cc (1/5 - 2/5 tsp.)
Try one of the following:
- Raw egg white mixed with Kaopectate® or Pepto-Bismol®
- Activated charcoal mixed with a few drops of mineral oil and enough water to give it a pasty consistency.
Note: These can be given slowly with a plastic eye dropper or may have to be force fed with a tube. If any problems are encountered with the administration, STOP immediately.