When the weather heats up during summer, you put on sunscreen and seek out shady areas to protect yourself from sun damage. In addition to protecting yourself, you must also protect your pet rabbit. Extreme heat can trigger your furry pal to suffer heat stroke, which can ultimately be fatal. From all pets, rabbits especially need you to protect them from excessive heat, because they don’t pant and their sweat glands are on their lips. This makes it hard for them to sweat and cool off. Additionally, they don’t resort to drinking water when they’re hot, making them susceptible to dehydration. Luckily, there are various things you can do to keep your bunny safe during the hot summer months.
Whether your rabbit’s cage or hutch is inside or out, he must have access to a shady area, away from the hot rays of the sun. Ideally, keep your rabbit indoors during hot weather. Avoid direct sunlight on his cage. An upside down cardboard box with an cut-out door opening can double as shady shelter, or move your rabbit’s cage into the shade of a large tree. Avoid windows near the cage of an indoor rabbit, because the sunlight can directly shine through them onto the cage. Also, turn on the air conditioning or a fan for some relieve of the heat.
Water and Veggies
Although your furry friend should always have clean water to his availability, he might not feel urged to drink during extreme heat. You can still get some liquid in him through a serving of fresh vegetables. You might also help cool him down by spraying his body-temperature-regulating ears with cool water and wrapping his body in a cool towel. Another alternative is freezing a bottle of water and placing it in his cage. When your rabbit gets hot, he might just lay his body against the bottle to help cool him off.
Whether your travel with your rabbit in a car or airplane, travel can trigger stress in your rabbit. It’s best to leave your furry pal in the home environment and hiring someone to periodically check on him. If you have no other option, ensure that whatever means of travel you use, there is sufficient air conditioning. Also, never leave your rabbit alone in a parked car, because the temperature in the car can quickly increase to dangerous levels.
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