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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Bird Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My bird got tangled in string and was bleeding this morning

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Hi Pearl,
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the bird?
Customer: My bird got tangled in string and was bleeding this morning - tangled up. He was bleeding and the string had to be cut off and the bleeding stopped with steptic powder. He is fine now but I am worried about infection. He seems to have lost his one toenail. Is there anything I can get that would prevent infection? We are way out in the country and the nearest bird vet is 80 miles away. It is a 3 month old parrotlet.
JA: The Veterinarian will know what to do about this bleeding. I'll connect you ASAP. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about your bird?
Customer: no, he is otherwise a very healthy bird - young hand fed baby. with the other 2 offspring. Should I separate him?
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Yes, you can soak that foot in over the counter chlorhexidine (Hebiclens in your local pharmacy) twice daily for 5 minutes. This is a safe and effective antimicrobial even when inadvertently ingested. I prefer not to apply triple antibiotic ointments lest my patient ingests them. They can be useful, however, if infection overwhelms the chlorhexidine which, thankfully, isn't likely.

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