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Pets Q&A: Home products can kill pets

Q: I am writing to prevent other bird owners from experiencing the heartbreak I experienced. I purchased an oven liner/drip guard made of a nonstick coating and fiberglass.

Q: I am writing to prevent other bird owners from experiencing the heartbreak I experienced. I purchased an oven liner/drip guard made of a nonstick coating and fiberglass.

In a nutshell, the fumes from this product ended up killing my two Indian ringneck parakeets - Kashmir, whom I had for 24 years, and Shiva, whom I had for eight.

I was devastated and beyond consolation when I realized what happened. I just lost my father so this loss sent me nearly over the edge.

A: There is little comfort for a loss as tragic as yours. Only time will heal.

In the meanwhile, readers must be careful about the products they use. This means carpet cleaners, air fresheners, waxes and polishes, soaps, paints, degreasers, antifreeze and the like. When in doubt, don't use it.

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Keep all products carefully locked away and post the 24-hour ASPCA Animal Poison Control number handy, (888) 426-4435.

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