Friday, January 7, 2011

Potentially Toxic Inside Plants for Pet Birds

In an effort to continue to be fair to all pet owners and pet lovers, I felt it was necessary to help fellow bird owners. While in a vet's office recently, I was surprised to see a plant I knew was toxic to animals. When I pointed it out to the vet, he did not know of its potential dangers to his customers. Along those lines, here are some plants that could be harmful to your pet birds.

Keep your pet bird or birds away from these potentially toxic inside plants:

Some of these include:
- aloe (Aloe vera)

- avocados
- Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata)
- cyclamen species
- dieffenbachia species
- English ivy (Hedera helix)
- ficus species
- kalanchoe species
- madagascar dragon tree (Dracaena marginata)

- philodendron species
- schefflera species
- snake plant (Sansevieria trifiscata)

- tomato leaves and stems (green parts)
- rhubarb leaves

If your pet is showing signs of illness in the presence of a potentially toxic plant, consider the likelihood that your pet could be sick from inappropriate ingestion of the plant. With any such suspicions, contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center to determine the best treatment. As there are numerous plants that may harbor toxic effects, you can visit the APSCA APC for more information on and pictures of these potentially hazardous plants.

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