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Airborne Dangers for Birds

September 15, 2014

Because of the high efficiency level of a pet bird’s lungs, they’re very sensitive to airborne hazards. The trouble is, the typical home can host many of these dangers! Learn how to keep your bird safe—a Thorold veterinarian discusses the dangers below.

Nonstick Cookware

If nonstick coatings like Teflon are overheated, they give off particles into the air. Should these particles find their way to your bird’s lungs, serious health problems can result in a matter of minutes! Always take care not to overheat nonstick cookware, or use regular pots and pans instead.

Cleaning Products

Various cleaning products give off fumes that can be harmful to birds. The list includes ammonia, bleach, glass cleaners, wood polishes, floor cleaners, shampoos, and much more. If you’re cleaning, it’s safest to move your bird to a separate room with good ventilation. Wait until all fumes and scents have dissipated before returning your bird to his normal spot.

Scented Items

Perfumes, incense, scented candles, air fresheners, and anything else designed to make your home smell fresh can actually be quite dangerous for pet birds. The fumes these products give off, or the particles they release into the air, may not be healthy for your bird to inhale. Only use these products when your bird is moved elsewhere.

Home Improvement

Before you start your next home improvement project, make sure your bird will stay safe. Various products like paint, paint thinner, glue, solvents, pesticides, and more give off fumes that a bird should never inhale. Move your bird out of the direct path of fumes, into an area with fresh-air ventilation.


Of course, birds’ lungs won’t respond well to smoke. Never smoke cigarettes or cigars with your bird nearby. Don’t let smoke from campfires, burnt food in the kitchen, burn piles, or any other source come in contact with our bird.

Want to learn more about your bird’s lungs and how to keep them safe? Contact your Thorold veterinary professional today.