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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My dog just bit my cockatoo and I don't know what to dop for

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my dog just bit my cockatoo and I don't know what to dop for her. I haven't moved her to look at the wound but it bled a little and has stopped. Is there something I should get to put on the wound and should I just let her rest for awhile until she calms down. She's laying on my chest and is more alert.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Bird
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. While birds have more resistance to infection secondary to puncture wounds than mammals due to their higher body temperatures, such wounds do introduce oral bacteria deep into the subcutaneous and muscular tissues and should be addressed with a systemic antibiotic given by injection or orally and prescribed by an avian vet (please see here: Topical administration of an antibiotic cream such as a triple antibiotic (Neosporin/Polysporin) can't reach into the wound where infection might fester.
Until Agnes can be attended to, cleaning the wound openings with hydrogen peroxide and applying a thin film of such a cream as mentioned above will be palliative. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish. I regret that I'm not allowed to correspond with customers by phone.