Tuesday, 28 July 2015

How to Keep Your Rabbit Cool in the Heat

Bunnies need to stay cool in temperatures above 80 degrees, especially young, old, long-haired, and lop-eared rabbits. Here are some simple ways to keep your fluffy friend from getting heat stroke:

  • Keep the blinds closed.

  • Set the AC below 80 and remember to keep it on when you are away from the house.

  • If you don’t have an AC, get a swamp cooler or window AC unit.

  • Create your own cold air by hanging a damp sheet on the pen or cage and place an oscillating fan (so the air doesn’t directly hit your bunny) nearby.

  • Arrange a living space in a cool location, like the basement.

  • Freeze water in plastic bottles or use boxy ice packs for your bunny to cuddle with to cool down. Some rabbits prefer the frozen block to be wrapped in a towel or blanket so it’s not as hard, wet, and cold. Just make sure your bunny doesn’t try to eat the cloth.

  • Buy ceramic tiles for a cool area your bunny can lie down on. Another idea is to fill a bag with ice, put it on a dish, and cover it with a terra cotta lid.

  • Dampen your rabbit’s ears with your hands or a towel.

  • Set out ice cubes in a bowl of water for drinking or wading in.

  • Freeze diluted fruit juice or chopped fruits or herbs in water for a cool treat.

  • Groom your rabbit’s coat of excess hair.

  • Sunglasses.

Use several of these ideas to create maximum cooling for your bunny on those hot summer days. For more tips on a rabbit vet in San Jose, visit this website.

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