Rabbits Die in Hot Hutches

Posted: 24th July 2019

Rabbits Die in Hot Hutches, help keep your furry friends cool during hot weather...

Any Rabbits/Guinea Pigs that live outside should be moved somewhere in the shade and not in direct heat/sunlight. Rabbits are crepuscular, meaning that they are most active at dawn and dusk and would naturally hide in their burrow in the day.

Provide plenty of water and change at least once a day

Small furries can be offered frozen water bottles as well and another water source to help keep them cool.

Place damp towels over hutch roofs

Check bunnies for Flystrike

Bunnies are at a higher risk of Flystrike during the summer because summer is the time of flies! Make sure they’re protected and check them regularly just in case.

What are the symptoms of flystrike in rabbits?

During the early stages of flystrike, symptoms will include:

  • Lethargy
  • Hiding away
  • Refusing food
  • A nasty smell coming from the hutch
  • Attempted digging in one corner (the rabbit trying to distract itself from the pain)

Once the condition becomes more severe, the rabbit might display signs of shock, which can include collapse. There will also be visible changes to the fur surrounding the bottom – it may appear darker in colour or have a damp or matted appearance.

During warmer periods when there are many flies around, you might want to consider a topical product to keep your rabbit safe.

Ask your vet for more info.

Rabbits Die in Hot Hutches

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