Common Toxins That Affect Pet Parrots

May 31, 2018

Parrots have a very unique respiratory system, including both lungs and air sacs—which are damaged very easily.

Parrots have a very unique respiratory system, including both lungs and air sacs—which are damaged very easily. This is why the most common toxicity seen in pet parrots is inhalant toxicity, says Sarah Kolb, RVT, VTS-CP (Exotic Companion Animals), primary care and exotics technician at the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center at Iowa State University.

She also says that teflon toxicities are also a concern. When cooking with teflon, once it's heated to a certain degree it gives off toxins, and when parrots inhale those toxins it can be potentially deadly.