Bathing Your Bird

As you probably know, dogs are notorious for disliking baths. For our feathered friends, however, it’s a very different story. Many birds really enjoy playing in the water! Read on as a Glendale, AZ vet offers some tips on bathing Polly.

Bathing Methods

There’s more than one way to bathe Polly. The method you choose will depend very much on what type of bird you have, and how much he or she enjoys the process. If you have a small bird, like a canary or parakeet, you can mount a bath inside your pet’s cage. You can also give your little buddy a bowl of shallow water. For bigger birds, you can try other options. Some of our winged pals enjoy being misted daily. Others prefer taking ‘showers.’ You can put a perch for your winged pal inside your shower. You can also just put some water in the kitchen sink for Polly to splash in. Or, turn a faucet on so that there is a small but steady flow. Hold your arm under it, and let your pet sit on your arm, so she can go in and out of the water. Ask your vet for specific advice.


Birds can get cold very easily when their feathers are wet. If you tend to crank your air conditioner, let the house get warmer than usual before bathing your pet. Also, bathe Polly during the day, when it’s warmer out.


Always put your bird’s safety first! Make sure the water isn’t too hot or too cold. If you let your pet bathe in a bowl or sink, be careful not to put too much water in. An inch or two is plenty! Do not use soap. It can actually strip the natural oils from Polly’s feathers. It’s also important to make sure that sinks, bowls, or birdbaths have been thoroughly cleaned both before and after Polly’s bath. Last but not least, avoid completely soaking your pet. This can be stressful for birds, and can make them quite chilly!

The Afterbath

Once Polly has finished bathing, put her in a warm, sunny spot and let her dry off. Give her a treat or a new toy before putting her back in her cage. Speaking of cages, this is a great time to clean it!

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