Q & A: Chocolate for birds?

Q: Grapes, raisins and chocolate are poisonous for dogs. Are they poisonous for birds as well?

A: The most dangerous of the common human foods for parrots is the avocado pear. Even a mouthful or two of avocado can cause severe heart damage to a parrot. Chocolate, dairy products and anything containing caffeine, alcohol or lots of salt and spices are not suitable for birds. Grapes and raisins, just like most other fruit, are safe.

Dr Dorianne Elliott, veterinarian