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Everything fine here with an umbrella cockatoo celebrating 30 years. However, I received an essential oil difuser and it has been helpful with my cough/allergies etc. Just wondering if there are suggestions/warnings about essential oils and birds?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Coughing can be worrying. The Expert will know what you should do. What is the bird's name?

Albert is not coughing-I was the one helped by the difuser/oils. Will they harm the bird?

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the bird?

No-he is a very healthy bird.

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Bird Veterinary
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Bird Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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Bird Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. To answer you directly, you'll find a number of online site purporting the safe use of diffused essential oils arond birds with the proviso not to use this one or that. Avian vets such as I, however, know that due to the unique respiratory system of birds, they're quite sensitive to fumes, aerosoles, and smokes/incense and when we use a diffuser (a nebulizer, mainly) we nebulize antibiotics and other drugs safely but we don't nebulize drugs or other chemicals including essential oils unless there's adequate information concerning their safety. At this time, I don't believe that there is that information for all of the essential oils and there certainly aren't any scholarly studies to refer to. In summary, I would avoid essential oils around Albert. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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