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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Category: Bird Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My bird has a cut on s foot he won't stop messing with. He's

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My bird has a cut on his foot he won't stop messing with. He's active and when engaged he doesn't mess with it. There is a little dried blood but have seen no drops or blood on perch. Should I be concerned and take him in or just watch it to see if things change in a few days.
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

Raymond, I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. We don't have many avian vets on this site. If his cut is quiet - not actively bleeding - it's best not to fuss with it lest a clot be disturbed and bleeding begins once again. Secondary infection isn't common and so I don't want your applying a topical antibacterial ointment (which is likely to get ingested) but it would be prudent to soak the foot in over the counter chlorhexidine (Hebiclens in your local pharmacy) twice daily until the cut is completely sealed. Chlorhexidine is a safe and effective antimicrobial even if ingested.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.
Hi Raymond,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin

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