When birds are in their natural state, they have mechanisms that help them recognize which foods may be harmful to their health. However, a bird in captivity may have largely lost that instinct. That is why in this post we tell you about a series of foods that you should not give to your bird because they could be harmful to them.
Foods you should not feed your bird
As delicious as chocolate may be to a human being, it is on the list of foods you should not give to your bird. Chocolate contains theobromine, a substance that can be toxic to birds and other domestic animals. The digestive system of many birds is intolerant to this component, so its ingestion may cause diarrhea and vomiting. In acute cases, it can involve the central nervous system and lead to death.
The seeds of fruits such as apples, pears, watermelons, cherries and peaches have small amounts of cyanide. While for humans the amount is not significant when the seeds of an apple or two are ingested, for a small bird it can be very harmful. However, it is advisable to give your pet the pulp of any of these and other fruits and avoid the seeds.
Avocado is very popular among people because of its delicious flavor and the way it combines in different gastronomic preparations. However, avocados produce a toxin called persin that can cause health complications in birds. In fact, this toxin can cause cardiac and hepatic failure and complications in the nervous and respiratory systems. Occasionally, the ingestion of avocado can cause death.
4. Garlic and onion
These two vegetables usually give a very tasty touch to any number of meals and, in addition, they are foods whose consumption is recommended for human beings. However, a bird consuming these two vegetables, alone or together, can cause digestive problems. Remember that the things you consume are not always appropriate for other living beings.
Alcoholic beverages are harmful to people when consumed without moderation. In any pet in general and especially in birds, it is a product that should be strictly forbidden to be ingested. Alcohol is capable of depressing your pet’s immune system and will cause a rapid deterioration of its health.
6. Salt and sugar
Although the presence of a certain amount of sodium and sugars in the poultry diet is necessary, the reality is that when they are industrialized they can be very harmful. A pet that eats food containing salt and sugar may have digestive and renal damage in its organism.
It is recommended that you follow your veterinarian’s advice to keep your bird’s health as good as possible. Of course, you will have to be attentive to the type of diet of your avian pet in order for it to be a healthy and happy animal.
Image courtesy of petrestart.com, all rights reserved.