Unlike humans, cats and dogs, rabbits can not cool themselves by panting or sweating. They have a fur coat so they overheat very easily even in the shade outside and in your home. Sadly every summer I get lots of calls about rabbits overheating and they don’t all make it.
Due to RVHD2, the heat, parasites, and predators, rabbits should be living in your home 100% even with the vaccine.
- Keep your rabbits indoors in air conditioning.
- Always have a large crock of water at all times.
*Set up your phone to check your house temperature for when you are not home.
If you don’t have A/C, get a wall unit or portable A/C unit. Have a thermometer in your rabbit’s room so you can check the temperature.
- Freeze 2-liter soda bottles full of water so rabbits can lay against them to keep cool. Have extras in the freezer at all times.
- Use floor tiles for rabbits to lay on to keep cool.
- Use fans to circulate the air.
- Feed refrigerated veggies.
- Never leave your rabbit alone in the summer without AC.
- Check your rabbit often for signs of overheating such as:
- Breathing hard
- Wet around the mouth
- Laying stretched out
If your rabbit overheats:
- Mist the ears with cool water, or wrap cool wash clothes around the ears.
- Lay your rabbit on a wet towel
- Go straight to your rabbit vet.
*If you don’t have A/C take your rabbits to a friend’s or relatives’ house during the hot weather above 80 degrees. Or take to bunny your rabbits to bunny boarding places like CottonTailInn.com in Southern California.
Please be careful to really check on your rabbits during the hot weather.
Caroline & the buns