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Birdproofing 101

Have you recently adopted a pet bird? Congratulations! You’ve chosen a very cute and lovable little pet. Polly can be lots of fun to watch, and will definitely brighten up your home with her charming vocalizations and playful antics. However, in order to keep your feathered friend safe, you’ll need to do some birdproofing. Here, a Dallas, GA vet offers some tips on making your home safe for a pet bird.

Fans

Before letting your colorful buddy out of her cage, make sure that all of your fans are turned off. Ceiling fans are especially dangerous.

Water

While birds enjoy taking quick baths, they can’t swim, and can actually drown in just a few inches of water. Full sinks or tubs, open toilets or fish tanks, and even pots of water on the stove are all very hazardous to Polly.

Fumes

Our feathered friends have very sensitive lungs, and can get sick from breathing fumes that are barely noticeable to us. Aerosols, cigarette smoke, perfume, scented candles, air fresheners, and the fumes from household and automotive products are all poisonous to birds. Even cooking fumes can be dangerous, since many types of kitchenware gives off vapors that are harmless to us, but very toxic to birds.

Other Pets

Dogs and cats are both charming and lovable, and are important parts of our households and families, but they don’t make suitable playmates for birds. Keep your furry friends in another section of the house when Polly is out and about.

Windows/Mirrors

Windows and mirrors are another serious concern. Use window treatments that your winged buddy can see, but which won’t entangle her.

Candles

Candles, space heaters, and potpourri burners can be very dangerous to birds. Don’t use these when Polly is out of her cage.

Small Objects

Safety pins, beads, buttons, earrings, tacks, craft kit pieces, and other small objects should be kept in secure places where your feathered pal can’t reach them. Also, keep sharp items, like scissors, in cabinets or drawers.

Toxins

Birds like to chew, and can easily chomp down on something that isn’t safe for them. Electrical cords are one danger. Be careful with decorative items, since they could contain materials that are dangerous for birds. Toxic plants and foods are another concern. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions about caring for your bird? Contact us, your Dallas, GA animal clinic, today!

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