How to Super-Glue Cuts and Wounds

A do-it-yourself alternative to stitches

For dog / other animal bites that are tears rather than just punctures, and other cuts / torn flesh / open wounds that otherwise might require stitches for your bird, if there is enough flesh left to comfortably cover the opening, you can Super-Glue the edges of the wound closed.
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  1. First, apply direct pressure to stop any serious bleeding. If what you are pressing with sticks to the wound, when removing you can reduce possibility of re-starting bleeding, by dribbling a little water to loosen dried blood.
  2. The edges may be fine to glue as-is. But if needed, you can snip off any bits of skin that seem like they will just stick out and not heal.
  3. Clean the area a bit with a damp Q-tip. Rinse the wound out with a little Betadine (diluted iodine) mixed with water, saline solution (such as the kind used for contact lenses), just plain water, if  Wait until the area is mostly dry before glueing (You can use a gentle blow dryer if needed).
    Tip: You can make saline yourself by boiling 1 tsp non-iodized salt in 2 cups water. To speed cooling, pour into another container after & put in freezer.
  4. Then just follow the instructions on the tube for glueing two surfaces together using that specific super glue (such as whether to dry applied glue a few seconds before pressing two surfaces together, how long to hold the two surfaces together afterward, etc).
    1. Try to not apply glue too deep into a wound.
    2. A Super-Glue GEL is much better to use than a liquid. Gels are less runny, and are usually fast-drying.
  5. Be careful if using an triple antibiotic ointment similar to Neosporin (Choose one that does NOT include "pain relief") on the glued spot. It may be helpful to apply the ointment a few times, though it isn't always needed. *Watch & see if the ointment seems to cause the glue to come unstuck. If so, it may be better to only apply near rather than on the cut, or to not apply any.
  6. If it looks like a significant infection occurs, give Penicillin for 4 days. Visit this link for info on giving Penicillin.
    Tip: Various antibiotics may help with various wounds, but Penicillin tends to be the most commonly effective.
  7. If the wound is on moist tissue (such as on the bird's crop, which can be especially challenging) and opens again, you might have to reapply super-glue 2-4 times a day for a few days & try to minimize bird's movement. You can also add a few wider "stitches" of Super-Glue across a few places to provide more surface-to-glue connection areas. Or you might want to add a few actual stitches, as well.
  • If glueing comes apart: Some of new connecting tissue may tear, but hopefully the opening will gradually be healing. Having the wound closed most of the time should also be helping surrounding tissues to maintain their growing in correct shape & position.
  • If food is seeping from a wound on a digestive organ, you should research additional care that may be needed.

Caution: Do not glue puncture wounds closed, because doing so would greatly risk trapping bacteria inside.

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Doctors often use a sterile glue / adhesive that's similar to Super-Glue on people nowadays. But a lot of people have used plain old Super Glue on themselves & their animals very successfully!