Have you recently become a pet bird owner? Congratulations! Polly can make a delightful and charming pet. However, birds are very small and fragile, and can easily get hurt. Making your home safe for your feathered friend is very important! Here, a Scottsdale, AZ vet lists some household dangers for birds.


Birds don’t always recognize mirrors and windows as barriers. Your winged buddy could be very seriously hurt if she flies into a mirror or window! Curtains, blinds, and other window dressings can also be dangerous, as it is very easy for birds to get entangled in them. Use pet-safe window treatments.

Small/Sharp Items

Birds are both curious and playful. Polly may very well want to investigate anything she finds lying around. Small items, such as beads, buttons, safety pins, craft kit pieces, and pen caps, can be quite hazardous to pets. You also want to be careful with soft plastic items that your bird could break apart. Sharp objects, like knives and scissors, are also dangerous.


Your winged friend could get very sick from breathing vapors and fumes. Make sure not to expose your pet to cigarette smoke, perfume, aerosols, and/or the fumes from cleaning products. Kitchen fumes are also dangerous, as many pots and pans give off vapors that are harmless to us, but toxic to birds. Ask your vet for more information.


Your colorful pet may love her birdbath, but you’ll need to be very careful with water. Most birds can’t swim, so even a few inches of water can be deadly to them. Full sinks, pots of water, open toilets, and fishtanks without covers are all very dangerous to Polly.

Toxic Products

Many common things you may have around your house are not safe for birds. Household cleaning products, automotive products, medicine, and lawn and garden products are just a few examples of things that are toxic to your feathered pal. Keep these items in secure cabinets.


Fans can present very serious hazards for your colorful friend. Always turn your fans off before letting Polly out of her cage.

Other Pets

Even the sweetest dog or cat could seriously injure a bird, just by playing too rough. Keep Fido and Fluffy away from Polly!

Please reach out to us, your Scottsdale, AZ animal hospital, with any questions about your bird’s health or care. We are happy to assist!