Heat can be harmful to rabbits. Every year, a number of rabbits succumb to too much heat and die. This is especially so during the hot months of summer when the air is very hot. If you have a large area with trees, you can place the rabbit cage under them to provide a cooler breeze.
Having air conditioning is an advantage but if this is not available, cool air can be provided through the use of an electric fan. If there are no signs that the rabbits have cooled down, then it is better to have them checked by a doctor. Watch out for the following signs of overheating in your rabbits.
The best way to check if your rabbit is suffering from overheating, take his temperature. If you don’t know how, ask your veterinarian to teach you how to take it. Taking the rabbit’s temperature usually takes two persons to do, one to hold the rabbit and the other to insert the thermometer an inch into the rabbit’s rectum. This is hard to do at first but as you get familiar with the procedure, it will get easier.
Usual rabbit rectal temperature is 100 degrees Fahrenheit and if the temperature is higher than this then your rabbit is overheated and must be given proper care.
You can also identify if your rabbit is overheated by observing him. If his breathing becomes heavy and he is warm to the touch then he must be feeling very hot. If he tilts his head very far out then he is having difficulty breathing because of the heat. It is about time that you take your rabbit to the veterinarian for proper care and medication.
You need to alleviate your rabbit’s condition before transporting him to the animal clinic because air inside the car is hotter and will add to the rabbit’s misery. Pat his ears with a wet cool cloth and sprinkle him with a little amount of water without drenching him.
Giving the rabbit a bath when he is gravely overheated is also advised but do not submerge him into the water. Providing your rabbit with proper and prompt care will save your rabbit’s life when he is seriously overheated.