I know I’m new here and don’t want to ruffle feathers but I noticed some comments in the emergency section and felt the need to point something out. While AV is the appropriate response to most true emergencies, there are many areas in the world where AV’s are not available at all or only occasionally. Even in the US there are areas that getting to a vet emergently requires purchasing a plane ticket. In my situation, a 3am emergency is never going to be handled by an AV as there isn’t one a reasonable distance away at that hour. Many vets in my area will NOT treat birds at all. The last bird emergency I had, a vet directed me to tractor supply for tylan.........it worked. It’s been my experience that when people come to a forum yelling help, they are looking for what to do to stabilize the animal for transport or until they have access to a vet or because they have no option for a vet. There are times that tossing a bird in a carrier and driving 75 miles will end up in a dead bird. Certain injuries and conditions require action or modifications BEFORE transport either to preserve heat or stop bleeding etc. So Avian Vet ASAP is rarely a complete answer. In areas where AVs are sparse, labwork tends to take a very long time (I’ve waited up to 10 days) and unless you’re dealing with an organism that is sensitive to the broad spectrum antibiotics generally prescribed on initial visit, you can easily have a bird that is beyond recovery by the time you know what you’re treating. Let’s also not forget that vetting has its own dangers. My friend’s CAG died from fright at a vets office. I do have a local AV available Mondays and Thursdays from 8-5 but she has managed to exanguinate two of my birds from bothched lab draws. They literally bled to death internally in my hands from bad lab draws. ( she did a jugular draw on a LOVEBIRD and then tried to tell me he crashed from fright. Necropsy confirmed he bled to death from the jugular stick) needless to say it would have to be truly life or death before I would take a bird there. The moral of that is just because google says there’s an AV x numbers of miles from someone, it won’t necessarily mean the bird is safe with that vet. I just want to be sure that people take into consideration the considerable amount of care that most people on forums put into their birds and that it stands to reason they are willing to supply the best care they can for their fids. It’s very disheartening when I see people chastised for asking what care they can provide themselves either because a vet isn’t available or won’t be available for days. I do like to encourage people with no vet access to seriously research diseases and the treatments and medication dosages as well as holistic alternatives and stock up on supplies and meds for common emergencies. Yes, it’s best to use a good vet but sometimes in the interim, we on the forums are all people have to ask for help to save their companions.