Rabbits and guinea pigs do not cope very well in the heat so during the hotter months it is best to keep your rabbit hutch or cage out of direct sunlight. Remember that the sun moves and what might be in the shade when you leave the house may not be in a few hours. Make sure there is always a fresh supply of drinking water and you can also place a frozen 1 or 2 litre bottle filled with water in the cage to keep them cool. Other ways of reducing the risk of heat stress include placing a wet towel over the enclosure and directing a fan towards the cage making sure that the fan is not blowing directly at the animal. Bring them indoors on the really hot days. Check them regularly during the day and if you notice any signs of heat stress, take them to your closest veterinary clinic as soon as possible.
Leopold's owner told us that he has recovered and is doing well at home. Leopold now has a new shade cloth over his enclosure.