Holidays With Birds

The holiday season is officially here! If you have a bird, your cute pet will definitely add her own charm to your seasonal festivities. Read on as a Niwot, CO vet discusses holidays with Polly.


Don’t forget to pick up a few things for your bird! Toys make wonderful gifts for our feathered friends. If Polly could use a little more room, get her a bigger, better birdcage. Perches are another good option for your winged buddy.


Like many pets, Polly is very curious about food, and likes to sample things. Unfortunately, your pet won’t know what is and is not safe for her. Some of the things you should never give your colorful pet include chocolate; caffeine; sugary foods; alcohol; garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; and products that contain xylitol. Ask your vet for more information, including safe and unsafe foods, and, of course, suitable treats.


Keep Polly in mind as you are decorating. Also, don’t be surprised if your winged friend lands in your tree. After all, trees are a bird’s natural habitat! However, tinsel, garlands, ornament hooks, and fragile ornaments are all very hazardous to birds. Use unbreakable ornaments, and limit your use of tinsel and other potential hazards.


Birds are truly wonderful pets, but they aren’t as popular as dogs or cats. Your visitors may not know much about how to take care of Polly, and what is and isn’t hazardous to her. If you’re having a party, keep your feathered buddy in her cage during the festivities. If your guests are staying for a few days, set down some basic rules. You’ll want to make sure they don’t smoke or spray perfume near Polly, or leave out small items, like earrings, that could hurt her. Standing water is another concern. Ask your guests to keep toilet seats down, and not to leave full pots or sinks of water.


Always keep your winged pal’s health and safety in mind. This can be a dangerous time of year for birds! Scented candles, fireplaces, potpourri burners, and decorations are all hazardous to your feathered friend. Open doors can also be a danger. Many holiday plants, such as poinsettias, are also dangerous to Polly.

Happy Holidays! Please contact us, your Niwot, CO animal clinic, for all of your bird’s veterinary care needs. We’ve been helping keep local pets healthy since 1942!

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