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Old 01-24-2015, 12:40 AM
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Question Options for stopping blood from a trimmed beak

It seems like there's a lot of differing opinions not just here, but online and even between vets what's the best item to use if a parakeet's beak starts to bleed after being trimmed. It seems part of the issue is people are confusing trimming BEAKS with trimming nails too, so a lot of misinformation flying around.

I've seen the following options:
- Kwikstop Powder
- Silver nitrate sticks
- Corn Starch
- Flour

My avian specialist vet uses the Kwikstop. The vet I visited most recently suggested the nitrate sticks. However I've seen on here some people say both shouldn't be used.

So what has everyone seen or used themselves? Remember, this is SPECIFICALLY FOR BEAKS.

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We keep all of the listed blood clotting tools for both beak and claws, plus a gel. Sometimes pressure is also needed to encourage the clot formation. We also do not rule out the cauttery for difficult cases. Our vet uses silver nitrate as first choice. In addition, if the bird proves to be a bleeder, discuss diet and vitamin K with your vet. This also goes for other types of wounds. Blessings, Jo Ann
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I suppose some of these things should be in the first aid kit...

but most households do have corn starch and flour on hand.
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I was cutting my poor little Hector's toenails when I first got him and one of them broke off
He was bleeding quite a bit, poor fellow. I just dipped his whole foot in flour and it did the trick.
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It is good to have all of the above mentioned blood clotting items in your first aid kit. Include only items you feel comfortable using in your first aid kit. Later you can add items as your skills advance and this way your budget is not stretched too tin with things you may never use just because some one else has this or that item in the kit. It is always wise to use things available in the kitchen. Blessings, Jo Ann
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My concern is for the silver nitrate sticks and the kwikstop if I put some on the bird's beak and he happens to ingest some, or his cagefriend does.

Does anyone have any more information?

Also what is the right way to use the Kwik-stop, I tried just the powder which wasn't clotting and then tried to wet it a little bit.
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I use another brand of styptic powder but I did a quick search and here are the Kwikstop directions:
Apply with moistened cotton applicator to the cut nail or other superficial bleeding area using moderate pressure for five to 10 seconds.

This is how I apply mine too and it works for me, the cotton applicator in our house being a cotton bud.

You are putting this powder on an open wound so it is already going to be entering their system through the blood. It therefore must be safe if it was also ingested. Also rememebr we are talking very small amounts.
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