Chlorhexidine (Disinfectant):

Summary Information
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Alternative Names Chlorhexidine gluconate
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  • Bisdiguanide antiseptic.
  • Effective against some viruses.
  • Not particularly effective against Pseudomonas spp. or against gram-positive bacteria (Firmicutes).
  • Minimal toxicity; may be used safely on mucous membranes.
  • May cause mild eye irritation in some individuals.

(B64.w1, B47, B135.51.w1)


Lagomorphs - Oryctolagus cuniculus domesticus - Domestic rabbit:

  • Can be used at 0.5 - 2.0% when applied to the affected area. For flushing of wounds, use 0.05% solution. (B546)
  • if using in the treatment of dermatophytosis, continue applications for two weeks after fungal cultures are negative and there is an apparent clinical resolution. (B546)

Ferrets - Mustela putorius furo - Ferret:

  • Diluted to 10% solution, use to clean wounds. (B631.21.w21)

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