Airborne Bird Hazards

A bird’s lungs are much more efficient than ours—because of this, they’re very susceptible to airborne hazards! Take note of these common household airborne dangers as discussed by your Santa Rosa veterinary professional.

Cleaning Products

Many of the cleaning products residing in your supply closet can give off noxious fumes that are harmful to birds. These include bleach, ammonia, wood polish, floor cleaners, glass cleaner, shampoos, and more. When cleaning time comes around, move your bird to another room so there’s no chance of fume inhalation.

Scented Items

Scented materials that are designed to freshen up your home can actually prove harmful to pet birds. Beware of scented candles, incense, air fresheners, perfumes, and the like. Some release particles into the air, which your bird can then inhale. Never spray these products near your bird, and move him elsewhere until fumes have dissipated.

Nonstick Cookware

If a pan or other cookware coated with non-stick material, like Teflon, is overheated, dangerous particles are released into the air. These particles have been known to seriously harm or even kill pet birds, so be very careful! Never overheat nonstick cookware, or choose regular cookware instead.


Smoke of any kind is extremely dangerous for birds. Never let cigarette or cigar smoke get anywhere near your pet, and also beware of smoke from burnt foods, campfires, or burn piles.

Home Improvement Materials

Various home improvement products can present airborne hazards to a bird. Paint, paint thinner, pesticides, solvents, glues, and much more can all give off dangerous fumes. If you’re starting a project, make sure your bird is out of harm’s way. You may need to move his cage elsewhere and set up a fan and open window to provide adequate ventilation.

Your Santa Rosa veterinarian can offer more tips on keeping your bird’s lungs healthy and strong—call the clinic today!