Holiday Hazards for Birds

As the holidays approach, many of us are busy with cooking, shopping, decorating, and other preparations. This can be a dangerous time of year for birds! You’ll want to take a few precautions to keep your colorful little buddy safe. In this article, a North Dallas, TX vet lists some holiday hazards for birds.


Holiday trees can be very deadly for birds. Trees are birds’ natural habitats in the wild, so they may instinctively try to land on them. Sharp needles, tinsel, ornaments, ornament hooks, ribbons, and electric lights are all very dangerous for your pet. Put the tree in a room your feathered buddy doesn’t have access to. You may also want to keep Polly busy by giving her some new toys.


Poinsettias, holly, ivy, mistletoe, yew, chrysanthemums, and other seasonal plants are all very popular at this time of year. Unfortunately, they are toxic to pets. Stick to pet-safe options.


Those yummy seasonal dishes are a big part of many seasonal festivities. However, many of our favorite foods are toxic to birds. Caffeine, avocados, beans, onions, alcohol, rhubarb, chocolate, and garlic are all unsafe for Polly, as are sweet and/or salty treats and anything containing xylitol. Cooking fumes are also a problem. Many types of modern cookware emit fumes that are poisonous to our feathered pals. People tend to do a lot of cooking at this time of year. Keep your winged pal out of the kitchen!


Chemicals and vapors can make your pet very sick! Scented candles, potpourri, air fresheners, perfume, cigarette smoke, and other vapors are all toxic to birds. Many cleaning agents are also dangerous. Keep Polly’s cage in a spot where you can ensure the air is pure and fresh.


While guests themselves shouldn’t pose a risk, there are secondary hazards. Someone may leave a door or window open, allowing your pet to escape. Or, they may leave something out that isn’t safe. Birds can also be upset by noises or strangers. Keep an eye on Polly, and spend lots of time with her. If you’re hosting an event, you may want to put her cage in a quiet back room until your guests have left.

All of us here at Summertree Animal Clinic, your North Dallas, TX vet clinic, want to wish you and your feathered friend a wonderful holiday season. Contact us anytime!

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