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Household Hazards for Birds

September 15, 2020

September 17th is National Pet Bird Day! Birds are cute, fun, and affectionate, and they form very strong bonds with their humans. However, they do have some very specific care needs. One thing that is very important for new bird owners to realize is that our feathered friends have some very unique safety concerns. A Pasadena, MD veterinarian lists some key ones below. 


Fans are extremely hazardous to our feathered pals. Before letting Polly out of her cage, make sure to turn all fans—especially ceiling fans—off.


Polly has extremely delicate lungs. Your colorful little pet can get very sick from breathing fumes that seem pleasant or mild to us. Things like perfumes, aerosols, scented candles, and disinfecting sprays are all toxic to birds. Cigarette smoke; vapors from paints, cleaning agents, and automotive products; and other strong scents are also unsafe. 


Windows and mirrors are very hazardous to pet birds. Polly may not realize that she can’t fly through them. Your winged friend could seriously injure herself flying into glass! Certain types of curtains and drapes are also dangerous, as birds can easily get entangled in them. 

Toxic Plants

Polly will likely enjoy having some plants set out around her birdcage. Just make sure to only keep pet-safe options in your home. 


The kitchen can be a deadly place for Polly. Hot burners, sharp knives, and searing-hot pots and pans are a few concerns. Fumes are also dangerous. Certain types of modern cookware emit vapors that are harmless to us, but poisonous to birds. 


One thing all of our patients have in common? They love treats! However, not everything we enjoy is safe for Polly. Some dangerous foods include chocolate, caffeine; garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; avocados; mushrooms; beans; and anything high in salt, sugar, or fat. Ask your vet for specific advice.


Filled sinks and bathtubs, open toilets, and fish tanks are all dangerous to Polly. Birds can drown in just a few inches of water!

Other Pets

If you have dogs or cats, or both, keep your four-legged buddies in another area when Polly is out of her cage. Even the gentlest pup or kitty can seriously injure a bird. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us if ever we can be of assistance. As your local Pasadena, MD vet clinic, we are always here to help! 

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