Why Is My Parrot Sneezing?

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pet-parrot-8Just like us humans, parrots will sneeze on occasion. Some parrots may only sneeze once in a blue moon, while others will do it several times a day. Watching your helpless parrot experience one of these episodes can be frightening, causing some owners to rush their parrots to the emergency veterinarian clinic. The good news is that such brash action typically isn’t required; however, you still need to identify and address the underlying condition that’s causing your parrot to sneeze.


If your parrot has dust lining their nasal passages, there’s a chance it will trigger a sneezing episode. Buildups of dust will tickle their nose and force their body to sneeze in response. If your parrot has a sneezing problem, check their surrounding environment to ensure it’s clean and dust free. I know most people live hectic lives, but you must take the time to keep your parrot’s living environment clean. Going over their cage and the surrounding furniture with a basic feather duster should knock most of it off.

In addition, you should replace the air filter in your once every 30 days to help reduce the amount of dust in the air. Allowing your air filter to go unchanged for longer than 30 days will reduce its effectiveness at removing dust, mold and bacteria from the air. You can purchase new air filters for about $10 bucks from most grocery and home improvement stores, which is a small price to pay for the health and well-being of your parrot.


Another common cause of parrot sneezing is fragrances. You have to remember that parrots don’t have the strong respiratory systems that humans posses. Artificial fragrances from scented candles, air fresheners, incense, perfume, etc. may trigger a sneezing episode. A good rule of thumb is to avoid ALL artificial fragrances around your pet parrot just to be on the safe side. Natural fragrances are perfectly fine, but artificial ones can irritate their nasal passages and lungs.


Mite infestations can also trigger a sneezing response in parrots. If your parrot is allergic to mites, their body may respond by sneezing. No owners wants to see mites infesting their parrot. Not only will they trigger sneezing episodes, but mites will also cause your parrot to pluck and pick at their feathers. Seek the expertise of a professional veterinarian for the best course of treatment for your parrot’s mite infestation. These are just a few of the most common causes of sneezing in parrots.

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