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Posted on 12-06-2015

July 11, 2015

Here in the Bay Area we’re into a summer that looks to be a hot one. Not a lot wrong with that if you are a Desert Tortoise, but lots of other species can have a hard time of it when the mercury soars.

This is true for most of the smaller species, such as Guinea Pigs and Chinchillas, but it is a particular issue for two of the species we see here at CVCAH; Rabbits and Ferrets, both of which do not tolerate temperatures in the 90s or above.

On very hot days, one of the things we tell people who are planning to bring these types of pets to the hospital is to take precautions to avoid the creatures overheating.  

A suggestion we make to our clients is to freeze a bottle of water and place that in the carrier wrapped in a small towel. That way, the pet can have some form of cooling available. There are even times when someone will show up without a way to keep the pet cool on the drive home and we’ll take one of the reusable frozen ice packs and send that home with them. We always hear something like, “but the car has air conditioning”. That’s great but what happens if the car breaks down, overheats, throws a fan belt? You’re stuck on the shoulder waiting for triple A and the inside of your car is approaching 130 degrees!

So, be safe this summer. And always remember that the little guys are counting on you to keep them safe as well.

Dr. Rene Gandolfi, DVM

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