Holiday Safety Tips for Birds

The holiday season has wonderful connotations. Delicious food, holiday vacations, and quality time spent with loved ones are all things many of us look forward to all year long. The holidays do bring certain danger for pet birds, however, so we want to urge you to remember your feathered friend’s safety during this special time of the year. Read on for some holiday safety tips for birds from your local vet Diamond Bar.


Scented candles, potpourri, air fresheners, and even cooking fumes can all be dangerous to birds. Yule logs can also give off fumes that are toxic to birds. Make sure your bird’s cage is a safe distance away from the kitchen and fireplace, and keep the room your birdcage is in clear of all holiday scents. Cigarette smoke is also dangerous to pet birds. Make sure that holiday guests have a smoking area which is well away from your bird’s cage, preferably outside on a porch or patio.


Birds all need some time out of their cages, and the holidays will bring about all sorts of new things that may attract your curious little pet’s attention. Christmas trees are high on the list of dangers. Artificial trees can be dangerous in and of themselves, so choose a pine or fir tree, which have softer needles and natural branches. Ornaments, decorations, tinsel and Christmas lights are all dangerous for birds as well. Keep your beloved pet safely away from these objects.


Poinsettias, mistletoe, Christmas cactus, and holly berries are all very dangerous for your feathered pet. Be sure not to allow your bird access to any of these seasonal plants.


It’s only natural to want to share some holiday goodies for your bird, but be very careful what you feed your pet. Snacks that are high in sugar, salt, or fat are all very bad for your feathered friend.


Birds that are used to a quiet environment can easily become stressed when confronted with holiday commotion. If you are expecting more than a handful of guests, you may want to move your pet’s cage to a quieter location temporarily.

Gift Wrapping

Many pet owners love to get their animal friends gifts for the holidays. Beware of ribbons, bows, string, tinsel, and other trappings, as these can all choke or entangle a curious bird. If you want to give your pet a wrapped gift, be sure to only use paper that is nontoxic to birds.

All of us here at your local vet clinic Diamond Bar want to wish you and your loved ones a safe and joyous holiday season!

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