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Household Hazards for Birds

July 1 2016

Have you recently adopted a bird? If so, you’ve chosen an absolutely adorable pet. Birds may be small, but, as any bird owner can tell you, these colorful and charming creatures have huge personalities. Polly’s intelligence and curiosity make her a really fun and charismatic pet, but they also make it easy for her to get into trouble. Since birds need time out of their cages every day, it’s very important for you to make sure that your home is safe for your pet. Below, a McHenry, IL vet lists some common household hazards for birds.


Polly could be seriously hurt if she flies into a fan! Make sure all of your fans are off before letting your bird out of her cage.


Windows and mirrors are very dangerous for Polly. Your tiny pal may not recognize these things as barriers, and could fly straight into them.


Birds can easily get tangled up in wires and cords. Secure drape cords, electrical wires, and any other type of cord.


Our winged friends have extremely sensitive lungs. Polly could get very sick from breathing fumes that are barely noticeable to us. Take care not to expose your colorful pet to cigarette smoke, perfume, aerosols, scented candles, and the fumes from household or automotive chemicals. You also want to make sure not to put Polly’s cage too close to the kitchen: cooking fumes are also very dangerous.

Other Pets

Fido and Fluffy are wonderful pets and companions, but they can easily hurt little Polly. Even if your furry pals are sweet and friendly, it’s best not to take chances. All it takes is one playful swipe of a paw to seriously hurt your bird!

Dangerous Items

Birds are very curious, and like to investigate and play with items they come across. Remove anything small enough for Polly to choke on, as well as any items with sharp edges or dangling threads.


Polly may love splashing around in a birdbath, but that doesn’t mean she can swim. In fact, most birds can’t swim, so water presents a serious danger to them. Pots of water, filled sinks or tubs, and open toilets are all hazardous for your winged pal.

Do you have any questions or concerns about your bird’s health or care? Contact us, your McHenry, IL animal clinic, today! We are always happy to help.