In the heat of summer how can you keep your little rabbit protected from the harsh Australian climate?
Every year we see a number of pet rabbits being brought into our clinics due to heat related illness, such as heat stroke.
Rabbits don’t tolerate heat well; they can’t sweat like humans can, so rely on a panting action and their ears to keep cool. A rabbit’s ears contain large blood vessels and as a cool breeze moves past these vessels, it helps cool the blood. That cooler blood is then circulated through the body.
If you have a beloved bunny and are worried about how to keep them cool during these hot days, precautions can be taken to ensure they are safe and comfortable.
- A fully out-stretched rabbit
- Fast and shallow respiratory rate or laboured breathing
- Refusal to eat, drink or move around
- Hot ears
- Extreme lethargy
- Eyes half closed
- Lack of defecation
Should you notice any of these signs in your rabbit, call one of our clinics immediately for advice, or take your rabbit to your nearest clinic for assistance.