Do you have a pet bird? If so, you may already know about many common household hazards that are dangerous to birds, such as fumes, fans, and window treatments. Many plants are also dangerous to our feathered friends. Plants are particularly problematic because many birds are instinctively drawn to them. After all, trees are Polly’s natural habitats! A Wichita, KS vet lists some plants that are dangerous to birds below.
Amaryllis is highly toxic to Polly. If your little buddy ingests it, she could develop some very serious symptoms, such as vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, and more. Other poisonous flowers include the Daffodil, Hydrangea, Hyacinth, Morning Glory, Iris, Periwinkle, Buttercup, Azalea, Marigold, and Oleander. Tulips and lilies, including Peace lilies and Lily of the valley, are also highly poisonous to our winged pals.
Unfortunately, most of the plants that are traditionally associated with the holidays are toxic to pets, including birds. Poinsettias can cause skin problems and gastrointestinal issues, while Mistletoe can cause vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory issues, and even collapse. Holly, Ivy, and Yew are also unsafe.
Green ivy, Philodendrons, and Rhododendrons are all very popular houseplants. Unfortunately, none of them are safe for birds. Other dangerous plants include the Shamrock, Pothos, Castor bean, Elephants’ ears, Ergot, Foxglove, Milkweed, Trumpet Vine, Bird of Paradise, and Jerusalem cherry.
Not all plants are dangerous to birds. In fact, Polly may enjoy having some plants around her cage. This will make her home seem like a little treehouse! Some good options are Spider plants, Jade plants, Boston ferns, African violets, Petunias, Sensitive plants, Snake plants, and Prayer plants. Other safe plants include Zebra plants, Coleus, and Monkey plants.
Keep in mind that many plants are dangerous not because of toxicity, but because of sharp thorns or needles. Pine trees and roses are both examples of this. Anything that has been treated with chemicals, such as pesticides, is also unsafe. Also, we’ve only listed a few popular plants in this blog. The ASPCA has a list of safe and unsafe plants here. While the list is geared towards dogs, cats, and horses, it’s still a good resource. If something is listed as toxic, it’s best to avoid it. Ask your vet for more information.
Do you have questions about your bird’s health or care? Contact us, your Wichita, KS vet clinic, today!