What is appropriate fluid to use for emergency to cleanse open wounds?
(Phila, PA, USA)
This is not an emergency. I want to have the appropriate fluid available in case of an emergency. What fluid is appropriate to cleanse an open wound in a bird? I am an RN - I would assume Normal Saline is physiological and would not burn. I have been told instead by others to use clorahex, which I would have thought Would burn! I only want to have something available to use until I can get to a vet. Is normal saline hypertonic to a bird? Why would this cause a burn but clorahex would not?