Bird Safety Checklist

Bird Safety Checklist

Bird Safety Checklist

There are many hazards for pet birds commonly found in your home. When the bird is out of its cage, watch for these dangers:

  • Flying through .open doors or windows or into closed glass doors, windows, or mirrors.

  • Drowning in containers of water. Cover all pots of water, sinks, toilets, and fish tanks.

  • Harm from other pets: dogs, cats, or even other birds if they are aggressive.

  • Burns from hot range tops, irons, cookware.

  • Poisoning from eating houseplants, or chips of paint containing lead. Lead poisoning can also occur if the bird eats solder, putty, foil from wine bottles, or shotgun shot.

Although your bird is safer when caged, there are still hazards to its health. These include:
  • Loud noises which cause stress in your bird,
    leading to illness or feather picking.

  • Chemical poisoning from insect sprays, mothballs, disinfectants.

  • Fumes from aerosol sprays, car exhaust, furnaces, paint, cigarette smoke, smoke from cooking oil or scorched non-stick cookware. Cooking fumes can be so hazardous, it is best to keep your pet bird out of the kitchen.

Remember that your bird is small in size with a sensitive respiratory system. It doesn''t take much exposure to chemical fumes or carbon monoxide to harm or kill your pet bird. Ingesting harmful chemicals can cause seizures, and a veterinarian''s care should be sought immediately. Never let your bird fly around your home if you are not actively monitoring its safety.

Getting the Most from Health-Minder''s HELP

This checklist can be found in Health-Minder''s HELP reference. Select HELP from the Health-Minder menu, and choose "Index". From there you can Search for a topic, such as "Pet". You will see such topics as:
  • Pet Bird Safety (shown above)
  • Pet Checkup Window
  • Pet Dental Care
  • Pet Emergency Symptoms
  • Pet Policy Window
  • Pet Pregnancies
  • Pet Vaccinations
  • Pet Vital Signs
Search for other topics, and try out the HELP Glossary.. The HELP reference has more information than how to use Health-Minder windows.

This information on bird safety was summarized from a more detailed pamphlet entitled "Making a Safe Home for Your Bird" by Peter S. Sakas, D.V.M., director of the Niles Animal Hospital in Niles, IL.