Keeping The Air Clean For Your Bird

As you may know, birds have very sensitive lungs. One thing that is very important to Polly’s health and well-being is making sure that she always has clean, fresh air to breathe. Your little pet could get very sick from breathing fumes that are harmless—or even pleasant—to us! Read on as a North Phoenix, AZ vet discusses keeping the air clean in your home.

Common Pollutants

Many of the things listed as pollutants by the EPA are also dangerous to birds. Mold, mildew, aerosol fumes, chemical odors, and fuel emissions are all dangerous to both people and pets. You’ll also want to protect your bird from cigarette smoke, wood smoke, candles, incense, and potpourri burners. Air fresheners may seem like a good solution, but they are really too strong for Polly.


Many types of modern cookware gives off fumes that are harmless to us but poisonous to birds. Self-cleaning ovens can also give off dangerous vapors.


Plants will help keep your home looking fresh and cozy. Plus, they filter the air. Polly may also enjoy having a few plants around her cage. Because birds live in trees in the wild, this may help your winged buddy feel a little more at home. Just be sure to only choose pet-safe plants.

The Cage

Your pet’s cage can actually be a major source of air pollution for her. Old food, droppings, feathers, dust, and dander all affect the air quality of your feathered buddy’s home.  Spot clean the cage daily, and remove waste and uneaten food. You should also change the cage liner every day, and swap out Polly’s bowls for clean ones. Every week, you’ll want to give the cage a more thorough cleaning, and vacuum around it. Deep cleanings should happen every month.

Air Filter

A good air purifier is an excellent investment for anyone with a pet bird. Be sure to change the filter out regularly.

Cleaning Agents

Many common household chemicals and cleaning products give off strong odors that are toxic to your winged pal. One thing you may want to consider is opting for natural and/or organic cleaners. Lemon juice, vinegar, and baking powder are all tried and true options.

Please reach out to us, your North Phoenix, AZ vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about caring for your bird. We are here to help!

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