As the heat wave continues in the eastern United States, and with millions of homes still without electricity, we thought it would be helpful to add more information about how to keep your rabbit cool in hot weather, even if you do not have power. Obviously if you have electricity, you can turn on air conditioning, chill squares of tile and water bottles in the freezer and put them in rabbit cages, or turn on an electric fan that is blowing across a dampened cloth. But what if your electricity is off? Here are three suggestions.
- Brush your rabbit to remove any excess fur. Who wants to wear a heavy fur coat when the temperature is soaring?
- Spray a fine mist of water on rabbit’s ears. The evaporation will cool the blood vessels that are very close to the surface.
- Make sure you are keeping your rabbit hydrated with plenty of fresh water to drink and also fresh veggies to eat. Greens add moisture as well as nutrition and fiber.
If you do have electricity, then we have embedded a video below that gives more details about the importance of keeping a rabbit cool to avoid heat stroke, and several easy ways you can give you bunnies the cool comfort they need to stay healthy during the “dog days” of summer.
Here is a link to our earlier story about ideas to keep rabbits cool in hot weather.
Finally, here is a link to excellent information from the House Rabbit Society about keeping your rabbit cool in warm weather as well as how to identify heat stroke symptoms and what to do if you observe them: Warm Weather Concerns
Photo courtesy House Rabbit Society