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Holidays with Birds

As the holidays approach, many of us are getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, and are busy cooking, decorating, and buying and wrapping gifts. Many pets will find themselves with special presents and treats over the next few weeks. If you have a bird, however you’ll want to take some extra precautions to keep your feathered buddy safe: holidays can be quite dangerous for Polly! Read on as a local Glendale, AZ vet discusses holidays with birds.

Presents

Does your bird have a stocking of her own? Polly may really appreciate some fun new toys. Some good options are ladders, children’s blocks, swings, and hanging toys. You can also make some fun playthings for your colorful little pet. Look online for great DIY bird toys. Just be sure never to give your bird anything with sharp edges, small parts, or dangling threads. New perches are a good choice as well. A new cage would also make a terrific gift for your winged pal.

Guests

Birds are very adorable little pets! However, although our feathered pals have legions of devoted fans, they aren’t quite as popular as dogs and cats. Your guests may not really know the do’s and don’ts of interacting with birds. It is important for Polly to get out of her cage every day, but you don’t want either your pet or your visitors to be uneasy. If you’re hosting holiday dinners, schedule your winged friend’s playtime before and after company arrives, and keep your little buddy in her cage during the busiest part of the day.

Hazards

The holidays can be a very dangerous time for little Polly. Vapors are one common hazard: cooking fumes, for instance, can be extremely toxic to birds. Perfumes, aerosols, and scented candles are also dangerous to Polly. This is a particular concern around the holidays, as many people do so much cooking and cleaning at this time of year. Christmas trees are another hazard: both real and artificial trees often have sharp needles that can injure your pet. Birds can also get entangled in or choke on tinsel or ribbon, or cut themselves on ornament hooks or fragile decorations. Ask your vet for specific advice on keeping your tiny buddy safe.

Happy Holidays! Please feel free to contact us, your Glendale, AZ animal hospital, with any questions or concerns about your bird’s care.

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