Household Dangers for Birds

Have you recently adopted a bird? If so, you’ve chosen a very cute pet! Just be sure to keep your little buddy’s safety in mind. The average household can be a very dangerous place for Polly! Read on as a local London, ON vet lists some common dangers for birds.


Fans are a huge concern for pet birds. Polly could seriously hurt herself if she flies into a fan! Before you let your feathered pal out of her cage, make sure all of your fans are turned off.


Our winged friends have very sensitive lungs, and can get very sick breathing fumes that are harmless to us. Cooking fumes, for instance, can be deadly to Polly. This is because modern cookware often gives off vapors that are safe for us, but very dangerous to birds. Other scents that can make your little buddy sick include cigarette smoke, scented candles, perfume, aerosols, potpourri, air fresheners, and fumes from household or automotive products.


Most pet birds can’t swim. While Polly may love her birdbath, she can get into serious trouble in even just a few inches of water. Open toilets, filled sinks or tubs, fish tanks without covers, and pots of water can all be hazardous to your colorful animal companion.

Small/Sharp Objects

Our winged friends are very curious and playful, but they don’t necessarily know what is and isn’t safe for them. Keep small/sharp objects, such as coins, tacks, earrings, game pieces, craft kit pieces, safety pins, sewing kit pieces, and beads, in spots where Polly can’t reach them.


Many common household objects are poisonous to birds. Cleaning agents, pesticides, automotive products, lawn and garden chemicals, and paints are just a few examples. Polly could also get sick by ingesting toxic foods. Ask your vet for more information.


It is not uncommon for birds to mistake windows or mirrors for open areas, and fly into them. This can be very dangerous! Window treatments are important, but be sure to choose things that won’t entangle your cute pet.

Other Pets

Fido and Fluffy are wonderful companions, but they aren’t suitable playmates for our feathered pals. It only takes a moment for a playful dog or cat to seriously hurt a bird!

Please contact us, your London, ON pet clinic, with any questions or concerns about bird care. We are dedicated to providing excellent care!

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