Household fumes dangerous for birds

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Household fumes dangerous for birds

Updated Dec 21, 2021

Dear Cathy,

You mentioned the dangers of using Teflon pans with a bird in the home. Another thing to keep in mind if you have a bird is that self-cleaning ovens emit fumes the same as Teflon pans, and birds should be removed from the area too.

– Cynthia, Long Island, New York

Dear Cynthia,

Thanks for the additional tip. Here’s one more: birds also are very susceptible to paint fumes, so look for no- to low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints when painting the home to reduce their exposure to dangerous fumes.

Cathy M. Rosenthal is a longtime animal advocate, author, columnist and pet expert who has more than 25 years in the animal welfare field. Send your pet questions, stories and tips to cathy@petpundit.com. Please include your name, city, and state. You can follow her @cathymrosenthal

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Cathy brings more than 25 years' experience in the animal welfare field. She is a sought-after speaker, Certified Humane Education Specialist, a syndicated pet advice columnist, an author, a publisher, and of course - a loving pet parent.

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