Here are some tips to help small pets in the summer months.Here are some tips to help small pets in the summer months.

Small animals like rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and gerbils need as much care as any pet cat or dog. The care required to look after a pet depends on age, weight and current health condition. It also depends on the weather conditions. This guide is intended to provide pet owners with valuable information about small animal care during hot and humid months.

Avoid heatstroke and furball!

Exposure to high temperatures for long periods can cause a pet to experience high fever, severe breathing difficulties, reddening of the gums and tongue, excessive sweating, and even coma. In such cases, immediate medical (veterinary) intervention may be required.

Overheating can cause rabbits’ ears to heat up. Overheating can cause a guinea pig to sneeze or develop a runny nose.

A small, damp cloth can be wrapped around the pet’s neck to provide relief for the heat-suffering rodent. The rabbit’s long ears aid in thermoregulation. Wrap a damp cloth around the ears to cool a bunny down quickly.

You can keep your rabbit, hamster or guinea pig comfortable during high temperatures by placing a clay tile, plastic bag, or chilled water bottle in their cabinet. The bunny can jump onto the tile or lie next to the bottle to relieve the heat.

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Prevention is better than treatment.

The pet’s home must be in a shaded area of a well-ventilated room. You may feel tempted to cool the room quickly with a fan, but keeping the pet away from the cold air from air-conditioners or under the fan is best.

Give your pet the right amount of high-water content fruits and vegetables.

Your bunny can eat fruits, berries, cherries and watercress.

A small pet owner should also ensure that the pet is not left alone in a vehicle stationary on hot sunny days. A vehicle’s temperature, especially if it has its windows rolled up, can be unbearable. Small animals should not be left alone for more than a few minutes. It is not a good idea to leave your pet alone while you are on the road.

To combat heat stroke, ensure that your pet has enough water.

Fresh water is more than a requirement for the summer. It should always be available to your pet. It would help if you frequently refilled the water bowl or bottle to maintain a good level. This will encourage the pet to drink water now and again, which will help restore a healthy fluid balance.

The bowl should be so placed that the pet cannot tip it over.

Parasite Attack

Flea and tick infestations can be as severe in small animals as for cats or dogs. Maggots and hot weather go hand-in-hand. Your rabbit may be more at risk if you go on an outdoor adventure with your pet. It is essential to properly groom your pet and keep it clean around its home. For products that allow tick-free living, the owner should consult a small-animal shop or vet about preventive measures and treatment.

To combat hot-humid temperatures, bunnies and Guinea pigs with long hair can be given a trim. Regular brushing is also a must.

You should limit your work-outs

Take it easy when playing with your four-legged friend. Please do not force your pet to do any exercise that could cause it to heat up. Outdoor activities such as walking your pet rabbit should be done in the mornings and late evenings when temperatures drop.