Household Hazards for Birds

Do you have a pet bird? If so, you have a very cute little buddy! Polly may have a big personality, but she’s actually very small and fragile. As a good bird owner, it’s important for you to know what is and isn’t safe for your winged friend. Here, a Riverside County, CA vet lists some most common household dangers for birds.


Before letting your colorful buddy out of her cage for some free time, make sure that all of your fans are off. Polly could get very seriously hurt if she were to fly into a fan!


Mirrors are a very serious hazard for birds! Our feathered friends don’t really understand what mirrors are, and often don’t recognize them as barriers. The same also holds true for windows.

Window Treatments

Window dressings, such as curtains and blinds, can be very dangerous for birds. Polly could easily get entangled in the cords or fabric.


Although many birds enjoy taking baths, most of our winged buddies can’t swim. Since birds are so small, even a few inches of water can be dangerous for them. Pots of water, full sinks or bathtubs, or open toilets are all hazardous to Polly.


Birds have extremely sensitive lungs. Polly could get sick breathing vapors that we can’t even detect. Make sure that the air in your bird’s room is clean and fresh, and take care not to expose your colorful little friend to dangerous fumes. Some of the vapors that are dangerous to birds include cigarette smoke; perfume; aerosols; and the fumes from cleaning products. Ask your vet for more information.

Other Pets

Fido and Fluffy make wonderful pets, but they don’t always get along with Polly. Even if your furred and feathered pals are friends, there is still a risk of accidental injury. It only takes one swipe of a paw to seriously hurt a bird! Keep your animal companions separated at all times. Better safe than sorry!

Small/Sharp Items

Birds are very curious, and love to investigate things. Polly could easily choke on small items, like beads, earrings, and plastic ties. Sharp objects are also very dangerous for our winged pals. Always do a quick check before letting your bird out, and remove anything that could be dangerous.

Do you have questions about your bird’s care? Contact us, your Riverside County, CA animal clinic, today!

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