Bird Toxins

Keeping pets safe is something we take very seriously because we know how much your pet means to you. Below is a list of some of the more common household hazards/toxins to birds. Please note this list is not a complete list. This list includes fast acting fatal toxins and the more long term, but still deadly types of toxins. Remember, birds do not know what is safe to chew on or ingest.

  • Caffeine
  • Avocados
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco Products
  • Tin
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Lead
  • Zinc
    • Sources include:
      • Lead based paints
      • Solde
      • Certain bird toys (containing lead weights)
      • Linoleum
      • Costume jewelry
      • Ceramics
      • Christmas ornaments
      • Curtain weights
      • Stained glass window
      • Foil from the top of wine bottles
    • Sources include:
      • Paint primes on powder coated cages (especially cages produced before 1995)
      • Bronze coating on metals
      • Hardware to manufacture shoes and boots (nails and clasps)
      • Galvanized products (the brighter the metal, the higher the zinc)
      • Anodized aluminum windows or an anodized surface
      • Costume jewelry and sequins
      • All portions of metal zippers
      • Post-1982 pennies
      • Many hardware products such as screws, nuts, bolts, washers, etc.
      • Many forms of rubber products

Plants such as: Japanese Yew, Poinsettia, Philodendron, Oleander, Dumb Cane, Redwood, Bird of Paradise, Mistletoe, Nightshade, Ground-Cherry, and the seeds and pits of apples, apricots, peaches, and cherries.

Teflon vapors: When non-stick cookery (Teflon) is heated above a critical temperature (530 degrees F), an invisible, odorless vapor is emitted. These vapors rapidly accumulate in the lungs causing fluid production and lack of oxygen. The only sign of toxicity is death, sometimes within 1-5 minutes. Birds seem to be highly sensitive to this toxin compared to humans or other mammals. These temperatures, however are not usually reached during normal cooking, but may be reached when pans are used for searing meat or when using woks or electric skillets. Some oven liners may also contain Teflon as well as curling irons and fumes from some hairspray, perfumes, and colognes.

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