Lately, there has been a large amount of press regarding the safety of various plastics for human use. How safe are the plastic products we use for bird food and water dishes, toys, etc, for our birds?
When in doubt, default to the maxim ‘if I wouldn’t use it, I won’t use it for my pet’. Plastics, especially as they age and degrade, become harder to clean and as humans are warned, can potentially leach harmful by-products. As well, plastic can be easy to chew and break into smaller pieces which can potentially be ingested by the bird. Stainless steel is always a safe choice for bowls and natural products are best for toys.
Dr. Kerry Korber
Calgary Avian & Exotic Pet Clinic