Im­por­tant to keep your an­i­mals cool

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION - KATE FOWLER Head of cam­paigns, An­i­mal Aid

WITH the ar­rival of hot weather, we should be re­minded that an­i­mals suf­fer and die when tem­per­a­tures rise.

Dogs die very quickly in hot cars and they should not be left in­side them even for very short pe­ri­ods. Open­ing a win­dow a few inches is not suf­fi­cient.

Other an­i­mals suf­fer, too. Rab­bits must not be left in a hutch in the glar­ing sun or in­side a swel­ter­ing garage or shed. They need a cool, shady place where the air cir­cu­lates, and where they are able to move freely. A hot rab­bit can be kept cool by ap­ply­ing cold wa­ter gen­tly to his ears.

Should your rab­bit be­come list­less, or start breath­ing hard through an open mouth or go limp, get him to a vet im­me­di­ately. Rab­bits must also be checked daily through­out summer months for signs of fly­strike.

Smaller an­i­mals, like ham­sters, rats and ger­bils, can be kept cool by open­ing win­dows and clos­ing cur­tains, us­ing a fan (but not point­ing it di­rectly at them), re­fresh­ing their wa­ter and pro­vid­ing a frozen wa­ter bot­tle, wrapped in a towel so that it can­not be chewed.

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