May 15, 2003

Canaries in the Kitchen: Few birds are saved

Very few birds survive once observable symptoms of Teflon toxicosis set in. According to Dr. Ken Welle, assistant professor of avian and exotic medicine at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, "We have saved birds by administering immediate application of steroids, but most never make it as far as our office" [1].


[1] Dale, Steve. 1995. “Fatal fumes; while people may not be in danger, the kitchen is no place for pet birds.” Chicago Tribune. March 26, 1995.