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Toxic and Safe Plants and Trees

By December 21, 2007

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During the holiday season, it's not uncommon to decorate with various plants and trees, such as holly, poinsettias, and mistletoe. When you've got a pet bird living in the home, however, it's important to consider whether or not the plants that you choose to keep are safe for him or her to be around. For a handy and thorough list of both safe and unsafe household plants, check out Toxic and Safe Plants and Trees for Birds from PlannedParrothood.com. It will help you keep your pet safe and happy throughout the holidays and the new year.

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December 28, 2007 at 3:04 pm
(1) Monika says:

Are poinsettias really poisonous to birds? If so, what kind of birds? Because my amazon jumped onto the table where I had a poinsettia plant and started chewing on it – I had left the room for a couple minutes and when I came back he was on the table eating the leaf. He even said “mmmm” while he was chewing it. I removed him and the plant. I told him drink some rice milk, which he likes. He didn’t appear to have any bad reactions at all to the plant. Pls advise where this started about poinsettias being toxic to birds.

December 28, 2007 at 4:36 pm
(2) birds says:

The main part of the poinsettia plant that is toxic to birds are the berries, which are also highly toxic to other types of pets, and people, as well. They have long been one of the top holiday hazards causing calls to poison control centers around the world. It is not recommended to allow a pet to ingest any of the plant, including flowers, leaves, and stem, but the most potent toxins are found in the berries. Many retailers have taken to replacing the actual berries on the plants they sell with small plasic balls, although this varies from store to store. If you find your bird acting unusually, a trip to your avian vet may be in order.

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