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Great Treats for Birds

Do you share your home with a feathered friend? Birds are charming animals, and make wonderful pets. These colorful, enchanting animals are lovely to watch and listen to, and pack big personalities into small packages. As a loving pet owner, you likely enjoy giving your winged pal special snacks. In this article, your Longmont vet lists some great treats for our feathered friends.

Fruits

Your winged buddy can enjoy many types of fruits and veggies. Cherries, mangos, melons, and oranges are all good choices. Freeze-dried snacks are also a great option. Try giving Polly some dried papaya!

Veggies

Polly can have lots of different veggies. Artichoke, broccoli, cauliflower, sprouts, and endive are all safe options. Cooked beans can make great snacks for birds as well. You might be surprised to find your feathered friend loves peppers! Try giving your winged pal chili peppers or banana peppers.

Pasta

Whole grain pasta, either cooked or raw, can make a great snack for Polly. Spaghetti is another good choice. You can use veggie pastas, or mix pasta with cooked beans or peas for extra nutrition!

Bread and Grain Products

Polly just might want a cracker after all! Whole grain breads are a good choice, as they provide lots of fiber. Crackers are also a suitable snack for our feathered friends. Cereals can also make a great treat. Just be sure you’re giving your pet whole grain cereal, not the processed sugary kind. Oats also make acceptable treats for your winged buddy.

Nuts and Seeds

Many birds absolutely love nuts. They are quite high in fat, however, so be careful not to overindulge your feathered pet! Use only clean, unsalted nuts, such as almonds. Sunflower seeds, pine nuts, millet, pumpkin seeds, safflower seeds, and peanuts are all acceptable snacks for Polly.

What To Avoid

While birds can eat many different things, there are also several foods you should never, ever, give your feathered pet. Sugary or fatty foods; junk foods; chocolate; alcohol; fruit pits and seeds; caffeine; and avocado are all on the no-no list. Dried beans, raw potato, asparagus, and onion are also to be avoided. Make sure to research your bird’s species, as different types of birds have different nutritional needs.

Do you have any questions about your bird’s diet or care? Call us! As your Longmont veterinary clinic, we have been providing excellent animal care since 1946!

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