Domestic Birds During Pregnancy

QUESTION

Dear Family Pet Expert,
I have 2 parrots and have been cleaning the bird cages (paper) during my pregnancy. Can that contribute to miscarriage?

Michelle

ANSWER

Congratulations!
I am not aware of dangers with domestic birds. I would encourage you to follow normal great hand washing practices following handling and consult with your ob/gyn and vet regarding any potential concerns. I will continue to research this topic and if I find out more info or links then we will post them.

Thanks for your email and Good luck with your pregnancy!

-- Jen

Jennifer Shryock

Jennifer Shryock, is the founder/Director of Family Paws Parent Education which offers two international programs, Dogs & Storks and The Dog & Baby Connection, in over 40 states and 8 countries. Jennifer is a stay-at-home Mother of four and a certified dog behavior consultant, specializing in safe dog and baby/toddler interaction. Believing the relationship between dogs and their family is precious, Jennifer created her business, Family Paws LLC to offer opportunities to families to enhance their relationship with their dog(s). Jennifer uses only positive dog and kid friendly techniques that anyone can perform in their own home. Jennifer's combination of passion and experience as a parent, special education teacher and certified dog behavior consultant allows her to connect and support families in a unique way.

Jennifer is certified through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and maintains professional membership with the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Jennifer is also the U.S. representative for Doggone Safe, a nonprofit organization dedicated to dog safety. Jennifer has been featured in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Martha Stewart LIVING and Dog Fancy, as well as has been a popular guest on various radio programs.

Jennifer and family share their home with their 3 dogs and 3 cats.