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Patrick has vital hot weather advice for owners of small furry pets

July 21, 2022

As rabbits, guinea pigs, and hamsters cannot sweat like humans do, and have limited options to cool themselves down, it’s up to their owners to help them survive summer heatwaves.

The best thing we can offer is space and the ability for your pet to choose where they want to sit-shade, sun, cool, warm-their choice. Last month featured Rabbit Awareness Week and we are still offering free nurse appointments to discuss ‘all things rabbit’. Make an appointment and receive discount codes for Runaround and Burgess Excel Rabbit products

If you have questions after reading our article or concerns about your pet’s health, get in touch with our Lostock Gralam team.

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Symptoms of heatstroke in small furry pets

If your rabbit, guinea pig, or hamster starts to exhibit any of the following symptoms of heatstroke you should get them somewhere cool and call us on 01606 359789 for emergency advice.

  • Shallow, accelerated breathing (panting)
  • Excessive drooling (thick saliva)
  • Hot ears
  • Wet nose
  • Bright red or blue tongue and gums
  • Less urine output due to dehydration
  • Lethargy and weakness
  • Confusion
  • Convulsions
  • Cardiac arrest

How to help small furries cope in summer

When the mercury is rising, there are some steps you should take to make sure your small furry pets stay safe. Northwich Vets’ team of experienced Vets have the following advice:

  1. Rabbits regulate their temperature through their ears so one way to boost their natural cooling system is to spray their ears with water , if they tolerate this– it will evaporate as it warms up. Do not submerge or bath bunnies.
  2. During hot weather in Cheshire, move their hutch or cage out of direct sunlight and into the coolest spot that is practical. As mentioned above-give your pet the biggest space possible so they can choose. See runaround hutches for ideas
  3. Keep water bottles and bowls topped up, rabbits generally drink more from bowls than water bottles, some prefer plastic over ceramic or metal. If there is access to power nearby, think about setting up a fan to keep the air moving.
  4. Make a ‘cold water bottle’ and wrap it in a cloth for your pets to lounge against or set up frozen water bottles around their housing.
  5. Place a cooling mat or pop some cold tiles in the cage or hutch for your pets to lie on.
  6. Rabbits and guinea pigs can be more prone to flystrike in warm weather so make sure your pets are clean and dry (check for urine stains) and keep their bedding and housing impeccably clean. Ensure your pet is up to date with their Rearguard treatment

All these little tricks should ensure your small furry pets do not succumb to the heat. Remember, our Lostock Gralam Vets are here to help if you are concerned about your pet’s health.

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