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Holiday Care for Birds

The holidays are approaching quickly. Many of us are already looking forward to seasonal traditions and festivities. Your pet bird, however, may be scared and upset by all the hustle and bustle. Read on as a Farmers Branch, TX vet discusses holiday care for birds.

Guests

Birds thrive on routine, and can get frightened when there is a lot of commotion. Even decorations can make your cute pet uneasy. Keep a close eye on Polly, and watch for signs that she is feeling stressed. If your bird seems nervous, put a cover over her cage and let her relax. You may also want to consider moving your feathered pal’s cage to a quiet back room. However, this can also be a bit unsettling for your winged buddy. Make sure she has plenty of fun toys, and spend time with her daily.

Decorations

Many traditional decorations are dangerous for Polly. Seasonal plants are one issue. Mistletoe, holly, poinsettia, ivy, lilies, and yew are all toxic to birds. Pine needles are also a concern: they are quite sharp. Real ones may also be coated in toxic chemicals, such as pesticides or fire retardant. Tinsel, ornament hooks, electric lights, garlands, wreaths, and ribbons are also unsafe for your pet. Strong scents, such as candles, potpourri, and cooking fumes, can make birds very sick. Keep Polly in a petproofed area with good air quality.

Food

There’s no reason you can’t offer Polly a yummy holiday snack. Just be sure to only give your feathered pal safe, suitable foods. Never give your bird chocolate, avocados, garlic, onions, caffeine, alcohol, fruit pits or seeds, or anything containing xylitol. Ask your vet for specific advice on safe and unsafe treats.

Presents

Your winged friend definitely deserves a special gift or two. Toys are always a great option for Polly. You don’t have to break the bank buying bird toys: there are lots of fun things you can make for your pet out of ordinary household items. Make a string toy out of shower curtain rings, poker chips, bottlecaps, popsicle sticks, and playing cards. Or, fill a basket with smaller playthings. You can also give your feathered buddy some new perches, or even a new cage!

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Summertree Animal Clinic! Please contact us, your Farmers Branch, TX vet clinic, for all of your bird’s veterinary care needs.

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