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IMPORTANT Information For New Bunny Owners: Bunny Summer Care

Updated on July 28, 2008

SIGNS YOUR RABBIT IS SICK FROM HEAT

If your rabbit becomes listless, floppy, and unresponsive, take it to the vet right away! Vetinarians can save rabbits which otherwise would certainly die. If you're here because you've found your rabbit in this state, please don't leave a question in the comments asking what to do, use your head and take your rabbit to the vet. It always amazes me how so many people with obviously sick pets waste time asking questions online whilst their animal suffers, and I imagine, quite often dies.

In summer it is easy for rabbits to over heat and die because, unlike other animals, bunnies have no means of cooling themselves such as panting, or sweating. In the wild, rabbits huddle in their cool underground burrows during the heat of the day. Domestic rabbits often die in summer because they have nowhere to hide from the heat of the sun, and their owners have no idea that they are in trouble until it is far too late.

There are many things you can do to prevent heat stroke and keep your bunny healthy all through summer. Of course the first, and most logical thing you can do is to bring the bunny inside where it is cooler and perhaps even air conditioned. If you can't do this, or if you are sweltering without air conditioning as well, then you may need to get more creative. A bottle filled with water and put in the freezer for a few hours makes an excellent bunny cooler.

DO NOT PUT YOUR RABBIT IN THE FREEZER OR THE FRIDGE, OR A COOLER.

(Of course, that was obvious to most of you already, but there's always one or two who need it pointed out.)

When the freezer has done its job, take the frozen bottle out of the freezer and then place it in your rabbit's cage. This will give your rabbit something cold to cuddle up to and lower its body temperature with. Don't just assume that because you have an indoor rabbit that you don't need to worry about this either. Temperatures can soar inside, especially if your rabbit is close to a sunny window, and bunnies can die just as easily inside as out.

Keep an eye on your rabbit on hot days, and if you notice that it becomes listless and unresponsive, then call your vet right away. This is an emergency, and your rabbit can die from getting too hot.

Another common problem encountered during summer is flystrike. This is when flies lay their eggs around a rabbit's bottom, and then the eggs hatch into maggots and things get very gross very quickly. If you have an outdoor rabbit, you will need to check daily for flystrike, as this is very uncomfortable for a rabbit, not to mention very unhealthy indeed.

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      Sarah 

      7 years ago

      I used to freeze milk jugs filled with water and put in in the rabbits cage when I owned rabbits and kept them outside in the summer. They would wrap their bodies around them to stay cool. Also some rabbits love to swim, so we would also help them take a dip in the pool

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      fart 

      7 years ago

      y wud u put ur rabbit in the fridge????!!!!!!!!!!

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      Lakissingcoffins 

      8 years ago

      I had a rabbit named oreo that i loved very much i got him from my couisins on my bday when i was a kid it lasted a year. one cold day i had to go to school but his cage was very smelly cause as i kid i wasn't used to cleaning and my dad got mad and told me to put him outside i told him i couldn't because he had a runny nose and i think hes getting sick but my dady didn't care he told me oreo would be alright but after school i came home to find my dad hadn't brought him back in he was left outside with his teeth round the bars of the cage frozen dead :'( whatever you do NEVER leave a bunny outside in the cold

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      mimi 

      8 years ago

      help me my rabbit died because my other rabbit died!

      cause right i have to rabbits the boys name is milo the other one is snowy

      milo died at december 8 09 after he died snowy didn't eat and drink anymore help me

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      mimi 

      8 years ago

      when i left my house to go somewhere ,i left my rabbit our house helper but after i came back i saw it beside the fridge and it was not responding so i called my mom and we took my rabbit to the vet but the vet said there was no hope for her anymore and the whole time i was crying

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      kl 

      10 years ago

      nice information

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      tarren 

      10 years ago

      i always keep a spray bottle next to my rabbit cage just in case it gets to hot. i spray her when im hot because if im hot she is going to be hotter.

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