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Household Hazards for Pet Birds

November 15, 2015

Have you recently decided to adopt a pet bird? Birds make wonderful pets and companions. Your little pal’s musical sounds, colorful feathers, and cute antics are sure to charm you. If you’ve never had a bird before, it’s very important for you to know and understand how to keep her safe. Many common household items are very dangerous to our feathered friends! In this article, a local Louisville, CO vet lists some household hazards for birds.


Ceiling fans can be very dangerous to our winged friends. Polly could seriously hurt herself if she flies into a fan. Never let your pet out of her cage if there is a ceiling fan running.


Birds have very sensitive lungs. Even cooking fumes can make your pet very sick! Many common cookware products contain coating that emits vapors that are safe for us, but can be very toxic to birds. Perfume, aerosol, scented candles, chemicals, and cigarette smoke are also very dangerous for your little feathered friend.


Fireplaces and candles are very dangerous for your little pet. Choose flameless candles, and make sure that any fireplaces are covered with protective grates that your cute winged pal cannot penetrate.

Windows and Drapes

Windows and window treatments, such as drapes and blinds, can pose a serious threat to your colorful little pet. Polly could fly into the glass, or get tangled up in a drape cord.

Other Pets

Fido and Fluffy may have hearts of gold, but they may see your winged buddy as a toy. Even if they only want to play with Polly, they could seriously injure her. Be sure to keep other pets out of the room when Polly is out of her cage.

Electrical Cords

Wires and cords can be very dangerous for your little pet! Cover exposed wires before letting Polly out to play.


A full sink, open toilet, or even a pot of water on the stove can be very hazardous for your colorful buddy. Be sure not to let Polly out of her cage if there is open water nearby. Keep toilet lids closed, and be sure the sink is drained.

Do you have questions about caring for a pet bird? Call us any time! As your local Louisville, CO veterinary clinic, we are here to help. Please contact us for all of your winged friend’s veterinary care needs.