sun conure dies suddenly after riding in car

by joseph camp
(brookwood, al, usa)

Our sun conure had been sick a few days earlier. Had seemed to have gotten better for several days. my wife took him in the car to pick up my daughter at school and he was probably in car for a couple of hours. When I got home from work shortly after they got back he was on top of the cage throwing up. Looked bright green. Went down hill quickly after that. She had also cooked some tuna helper in a non-stick pan. Trying to understand what might have happened so not to let it happen again. Thanks, jc

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Aug 29, 2012
Bird dies after using non-stick pan
by: Tracie

I am sorry for your loss. I believe you answered your own question though. Folks with birds should never, ever, cook with non-stick pans, iron clothing with non-stick irons, use Teflon coated toaster ovens or use self cleaning ovens coated with Teflon.

Using Febreeze spray and chemical cleaners can kill birds too. Carpet cleaners, bug killers, window cleaners etc. have fumes that will kill birds or make them very ill.

Taking a bird in a car that has an exhaust leak will cause the bird to get sick or die from carbon monoxide poisoning. In fact, if you have natural gas in your home, you will need to install a detector that will sound an alarm if you get a leak.

Before you get another bird, please read our Toxic / Non-toxic for birds list and bird proof your home. If your bird walks on the floor, it can get diseases you bring in on your shoes, if it flies around your home it may chew something toxic.

Don't beat yourself up, you didn't know all you needed to know. Now you DO know and will be able to keep the next bird healthy.

Oh, also make sure you purchase from a good breeder, not a large pet store that doesn't have their birds checked by an avian vet and may keep other birds that are sick because of this.

If you choose to purchase from a place that doesn't have their birds checked by an avian vet, then use this Find an Avian Vet link to find an avian vet, not a dog/cat vet, to examine the bird to make sure it is healthy.

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