Cockatiels Hate Fireworks – How To Save Your Bird On The 4th Of July

Beware not to neglect your dearly cockatiel on 4th July, keep your cockatiels out of fireworks, they certainly won’t like noisy firework displays and just be sure about it. If you are a new cockatiel owner please don’t try any experiment with cockatiel and fireworks.

The ASPCA offers following advices to help protect your cockatiel on the independent day:

1. Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where cockatiels can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison cockatiels. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.

2. Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your cockatiel that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.

3. Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your cockatiels’ reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.

4. Keep your cockatiels on their normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can give your cockatiels severe indigestion and diarrhea. This is particularly true for older animals who have more delicate digestive systems and nutritional requirements. And keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals.

5. Do not put glow jewelry on your cockatiels, or allow them to play with it. While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestion’s, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.

6. Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach. Ingestion’s can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in cockatiels.

7. Never use fireworks around cockatiels! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious cockatiels, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.

8. Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for cockatiels, so please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities. Instead, keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.

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  1. Cockatiel Bird Cages on July 21st, 2009 1:10 am

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  2. greg on September 3rd, 2009 2:50 pm

    do you have any suggestions on cockatiel cages covers for sleeping and nap time. i am having trouble finding them for specific cages.

  3. Dr. Cockatiel on September 28th, 2009 3:16 am

    I like the cage covers from Dr. Fosters and Smith / Also from the brand Cozy Pet.

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