Airborne Dangers for Birds

A bird’s lungs are much more efficient—and sensitive—than ours. As a result, many products we use in our homes are dangerous to our feathered friends, especially those that give off fumes or scents. Below, your Diamond Bar veterinarian tells you about the most common offenders.

Scented Materials

Do you use scented products to help your home smell better? Unfortunately, perfumes, scented candles, incense, and air fresheners all pose dangers to our pet birds. Either avoid these products altogether, or put your bird elsewhere until all fumes have dissipated.

Cleaning Solutions

Window cleaners, bleach, carpet shampoo, floor scrubbing products, wood cleaner, polishes, ammonia—the list of potentially harmful cleaning solutions goes on and on. If you’re cleaning the room that your bird is in, you’ll want to move him elsewhere until you’re done. Consult your vet for a complete list of harmful cleaning products.


Obviously, smoke is very bad for your bird’s lungs. Never smoke cigarettes or cigars anywhere near your feathered companion, and avoid burning food in the kitchen if your bird is anywhere near it.

Cookware Coating

Nonstick coating on certain cookware poses a health hazard to birds. When it’s overheated, particles of the coating are released into the air, which can be very toxic to birds. Ask your vet about safe alternatives to nonstick cookware if you own a bird.

Home Improvement

Various home improvement products, such as paints, paint thinner, glue, or pesticides, are potentially harmful to birds as well. These products give off strong fumes that may be too much for a bird’s lungs to handle.

It’s imperative that you’re constantly on-guard against airborne hazards if you own a bird. Ask your Diamond Bar veterinarian for more helpful tips, and inquire about other hazardous materials that you may already have in your home.

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