Friday, October 12, 2018

Take Note: Great item for your First Aid Kit

So some time ago I was at the vet with my dog. Bull terriers have a high tolerance to pain and can often hurt themselves against sharp objects and barely notice. Mine will easily get cuts and scrap all over its face.

So the vet gives me this pink liquid for cleaning the wounds. I use it for a few days and yes, turns out it works very well mixed with some water into a pale pink solution.

I mention this to the vet and she says “yes, it’s very good. I get cuts and scratches on my hands all the time and this is what I use too. Its cheap, you get a lot of product for the money mixing it with water and it works very well for disinfecting wounds”. Ding! Ding! Ding! The alarm bell in my survivalist brain went off. A good, cheap disinfectant? Sounds like the kind of stuff I would want to stock up on.

So I went and got a bottle for the dog and another for myself. The products is called Chlorhexidine.
You can find it for humans, but also by the gallon for horses and dogs. Sometimes it’s sold as mouthwash for gingivitis at an even lower concentration.

Its available on Amazon, heres the link.
Hibiclens Antimicrobial/Antiseptic Skin Cleanser, 32 Fluid Ounce Bottle, for Antimicrobial Skin Cleansing
Antimicrobial/Antiseptic 32 Ounce Bottle $15.58

You can also buy it per gallon for "dogs and horses" although its the same thing and if you read the comments people use it on themselves. Folks use it on pets, for wounds and with shampoo, use it also on people and to disinfect things around the house.
Chlorhexidine 2% for Horses & Dogs, One Gallon
I was told to mix it with water at about 5%, but as long as there's a visible pink (or blue)  tint it should work and that seemed to work ok with my dog.
I would advise you to read up on Chlorhexidine so as to know when to use it. This stuff is strong, so never use it on eyes, nose, inner lips (unless it’s a mouthwash solution) and genitals because it will destroy mucous membranes.
Take care,


Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”


Chuck said...

I use this quite a lot, cleaning for joint injections and minor surgery on horses.
Good product, far as I know it doesn't sting either but I have not used it on myself yet.

Anonymous said...

Be very careful using this. It is neurotoxic. Don't use it above the neck. It can cause blindness and hearing loss. Don't use it around the pelvic area. Don't use it for deeper wounds. There are effective products like Betadine (two kinds- scrub and solution)that are safer. Many hospitals in the US stopped using this product due to the severe effects from accidental/improper use. Per wife, a RN in the ER/OR over thirty years.

Steve said...

High Fernado, these zip stitches look like a real lifesaver. I dream about sailing around the world and everything that applies to perpetration applies to sailing.