With the days starting to heat up, vets in Surrey as well as the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA), are appealing to rabbit owners to ensure that they take the adequate precautions to keep their small, furry pets safe from the sun this summer.
Unlike most other pets, rabbits lack defense mechanisms such as sweating and panting that regulate body temperature and aid the cooling process when temperatures rise. Add this to the fact that rabbits have dense fur that acts as an insulator, it is easy to see why high temperatures can cause them to overheat. The ideal temperature for a rabbit is between 15ºC and 20ºC. Anything higher than this can cause potentially fatal heat stroke.
Don’t Let Rabbits Stay Under the Sun
The main way to ensure that your rabbit doesn’t overheat is by providing plenty of shaded areas for it to escape from the sun.