How hot is too hot for a rabbit? over 100 degress here......

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by LindsayB, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. LindsayB

    LindsayB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its almost 3:00 here and 101 degrees outside. Our rabbit lives in a hutch on our shaded back porch but I noticed alittle bit ago he was panting and his mouth and nose were wet. I just brought him inside and have a temporary house made up in our bathtub [​IMG] I did this yesterday too because I was so afraid of him having a heat stroke. Alittle history on him...He is almost a year and doesn't have any ears (his mom ate them off when he was a baby). I posted some pictures on here right after I got him. I've tried the frozen water bottles, he just pushes them into his litter box, he won't lay against them. Am I overreacting or will he be fine outside?
     
  2. Godsgrl

    Godsgrl Ostrich wrangler

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    I wonder if you could put a soaker hose or mister above his hutch to provide a little cool water for him. I think that he should be okay with cool water to drink, and shade provided. It is really hot here as well, so I understand your concern.
     
  3. Mzyla

    Mzyla Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my friend's rabbit died within 2 hrs in a NY heat of maybe 90 degrees (but NY have big humidity)
    Your rabbit is suffering right now - help him by taking him to your house for a while to cool off.
     
  4. Mzyla

    Mzyla Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh....I was in such a rush to reply (to save the rabbit [​IMG]), that I didn't read your finishing sentences!
    You did GOOD by taking him inside!
     
  5. CranberryCreekFarm

    CranberryCreekFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We live in Maine so it doesnt get super hot here. We use the forzen water bottles & fans to keep air circulated. Since he doesn't like the water bottles maybe try a wet towel for him to lay on???
     
  6. Becky_H

    Becky_H Chillin' With My Peeps

    Rabbits use their ears for heat regulation, so yeah - that kind of heat is *dangerous* for any rabbit, and more so for him. If you can keep him inside, do. A dog crate, a plain wire cage, anything will work for summer.
     
  7. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    I'd say that he needs to come inside full time in the summer time.
     
  8. SueSteeves

    SueSteeves Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I get concerned for my buns when it gets over 90 or they start panting. Mine like the frozen soda bottles, but I also use frozen floor tiles for them to lie on top of. Also, make sure they are in a shaded area. Maybe try a mister with a fan? They are pretty cheap online and attatch to a garden hose. But for 100, I would keep him inside if you can during the warmest part of the day.
     
  9. dewey

    dewey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A rabbit without ears is in extreme danger in the heat. Good that you brought him inside. He'll need to stay in a cooled area during the hot weather.
     
  10. Okie Amazon

    Okie Amazon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put frozen 2 liter bottles in with my buns to help cool them.
     

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