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He is bleeding from his nail and has been for an hour,

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he is bleeding from his nail and has been for an hour
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What type of bird are we talking about?
Customer: african grey
JA: How badly is the African gray bleeding?
Customer: not that bad a little splatters here and there it was bleeding a lot worse earlier
JA: And what's the African gray's name and age?
Customer: his name is ***** ***** he is 8 years okd old
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Ledley?
Customer: no i dont think so
Submitted: 18 days ago.
Category: Bird
Customer: replied 18 days ago.
i have tried putting cornstarch on his wound
Customer: replied 18 days ago.
however he is not used to being restrained and will not allow me to apply pressure to his nail
Customer: replied 18 days ago.
the nail hasnt been cut extremely short
Expert:  Teodora B replied 18 days ago.

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Expert:  Teodora B replied 18 days ago.

There are 3 effective ways to stop the bleeding, but you might need to travel to the vets for those.

1. pressure (min 2 people job - someone restrains the parrot with adequate gloves/towels, someone applies some sterile gauze to the nail).

2. Adrenaline (the same one that we use for cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) - apply 2 drops on the nail; this will cause vasoconstriction.

3. Nitrate cauterisation (there are some special pens that react with the red blood cells and produce an exothermic reaction).

Expert:  Teodora B replied 18 days ago.

Usually, option 2 and 3 it's a "clinic job". Some owners do have Nitrate Pencils at home and they feel comfortable using them.

Expert:  Teodora B replied 18 days ago.


Expert:  Teodora B replied 18 days ago.

(for future need)

Expert:  Teodora B replied 18 days ago.

Any peripheric/superficial bleeding should stop in 15-20 min due to coagulation without any intervention if the Blood Pressure is not rocket high.