!Let's Talk! Button

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.

Smoke

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.

  • All
  • Behavior
  • Cat Care
  • General care
  • Uncategorized

Blepping In Cats

Have you ever spotted your cat just sitting there with her tongue sticking out? This…
Read More
Cat looking up and to the left

Fluffy’s Year In Review

Happy New Year! As we say goodbye to 2022, many people will be looking back…
Read More
Lady in blonde hair and white long shirt hugging a dog

National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month, and you guessed it -just like humans, pets…
Read More
Four Corgis in a yellow couch

What Dog Is Best for an Apartment?

We know what you’re thinking: “I love dogs, but I live in an apartment. How…
Read More
Spoodle running with tongue sticking out

Poodle Day

Today, October 1st, is Poodle Day! These iconic dogs have very unique appearances, and make…
Read More
Gray cat finger fed with sliced cucumber

Unusual Cat Eating Habits

Cats are mysterious creatures. We all know that, but did you know that their eating…
Read More
Cat with blue eyes

Eye Problems In Cats

Our feline buddies have strikingly beautiful eyes. Cats’ eyes can be many different colors, from…
Read More
Two adult huskies with doc cake

5 Things To Do For Holistic Pet Day

Holistic Pet Day is August 30th! There is a growing awareness of the benefits of…
Read More
Brown hairy dog breed and gray cat snuggling together on the floor

Caring For A Super Senior Pet

Is your pet entering—or already into—their golden years? Pets age the way many people do…
Read More
1 2 3 21