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sick, can parrots catch it?

just wondering if we can spread our colds and stuff to our birds.... flu and all the nasty viruses and stuff we get??? thanks <><

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As far as I know the only sickness you can pass on to your birds is pink eye, but I would call and ask your vet to be sure



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The simple answer is no. We cannot give birds the common cold or the flu. Birds can give us Psitticosis, also known as Clamydia or Ornithosis, but we cannot pass it on to birds or to other people.
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Yeah, I really don't think we can pass much to them. By kissing your birds on their beak, they can get bacteria from you, but I don't think they can catch any illnesses. Good thing, too. And good thing we can't catch stuff from them!!




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Sadly Abby we can catch illnesses off them which sucks haha.
Good job we can't give them anything though, if we could my birds would be ill all the time considering I'm never healthy haha

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Oh, now that I think about it, I feel slightly stupid, considering one of the reasons why my Dad didn't want me to get birds was because he's heard of people catching illnesses from them....




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hahaha I'm sure they're not too common so I don't think you'll have to worry about that XD

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Mmmkay.




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I thought if you had a cold you shouldn't touch your bird as much?

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Really? I'll keep that in mind.




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I'm going to ask the avian vet this question tomorrow when I take Ashlynn and Shira in for their well-bird checks - if I can remember, lol.

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I would say washing your hands before and after handling her would go along way to protecting both you and your bird from various germs. For instance if you are handling food that has a high chance of salmonella then touch your bird she could pick up the bacteria that way.

I was wondering recently if I should get some of that bird probiotics to keep their guts filled with good bird bacteria. Anyone have any idea about that?

Abby, sometimes people develop a type of allergy to bird's dander which can cause them some distress even though the bird is perfectly healthy. See link:

http://petcaretips.net/bird-keepers-lung-disease.html
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I always wash my hands before and after that goes for any animal

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I'm aware of that. There are some birds, like cockatiels and cockatoos, who have dust on their feathers.

I was unsure whether using hand sanitizer before handling my birds were safe or not, but after visiting the Bird Farm and seeing them use it before they handled my Sun, I believe it is safe. I have some right next to the cage area and before and after handling them, I use it. I also wash my hands often throughout the day. Just to prevent from spreading germs and bacteria from the birds and to the birds.




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I wuld think as long as the hand sanitizer dries completely before getting the "fumes" near ur birds that it should b fine... As far as still wet and smelling like alcohol, i would think- bad.... But i could b wrong on all of that... I personally wuldnt take a chance on the harsh smell that stuff has, i know candles and air fresheners are bad so i wuld think the smell of that stuff wuld b no different

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