Pet Poison Safety Tips for Bird Owners
ARE YOUR FEATHERED FRIENDS SAFE?
Every day is Bird Day -
but January 5 marks the fifth annual National Bird Day, a time to appreciate the birds in our own backyard and reflect on how we treat native avians of other countries. And if you have companion birds in your home, it’s a great time to think about how to ensure that your feathered friends remain happy and healthy. To help raise awareness about responsible bird caretaking, we’re offering the following poison prevention tips to keep your companion avian in the “sing” of things:
* Birds are highly sensitive to inhalant fumes, so please avoid exposing yours to fumes from self-cleaning ovens and overheated cookware, automobile exhaust, tobacco smoke, glues and paints, insecticidal fumigants, perfume and hair spray.
* Keep all prescription and over-the-counter drugs out of beak's reach, preferably in closed cabinets. Pain killers, cold medicines, anticancer drugs, vitamins and diet pills are all examples of human medications that can be lethal to birds, even in small amounts.
* Never allow your bird access to areas in which cleaning agents are being used or stored. Should your pet ingest them, he could suffer from a range of symptoms, depending on the substance, from mild stomach upset to severe burns of the tongue, mouth and crop.
* Foods and beverages that could be dangerous to birds include: - avocados - chocolate in any form - coffee & tea - moldy or spoiled foods - onions & garlic - tomato leaves and stems - yeast dough
Please feel free to forward this information to all the pet bird parents in your life. For additional bird safety tips, visit ASPCA online.