The dangers of overheating in the summer are a risk for any pet. Rabbits are especially vulnerable as they don’t tolerate heat very well and are often penned in enclosures that may not give them room to avoid the heat.
To keep your rabbit safe this summer, follow these tips:
- Be sure your bunny’s cage has plenty of shade and isn’t sitting in the sun.
- Keep her water cool and refreshing with a few cubes of ice. Also make sure her water is always clean and that she stays hydrated.
- Did you know rabbits dispel heat through their ears? If you suspect she’s getting too warm, mist her ears with water to help keep her cool.
- If you have a long-haired rabbit, consider cropping her coat short during the summer. Otherwise, brush out extra fur.
- If it gets very hot in her area, consider placing a few items in her cage that she can lie on or against to stay cool: a 2-liter soda bottle that has been frozen with water in it, for example, or a cool ceramic tile that she can lie on.
- If you have a senior or overweight rabbit, watch her carefully. She may be at higher risk if she’s sedentary and doesn’t drink often enough to stay hydrated.
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