Summer Months

The summer months are the most stressful for rabbits and rabbit owners. Every rabbit deals will deal with the heat differently and you will need to get to know your own rabbit’s stress signals.

The first year with your baby bunny will be the hardest. Please be aware that hundreds of rabbits pass away from the heat and this is mostly due to owner neglect or a case of them being unknowledgeable.

One of our passions is to educate people about the importance of correct rabbit care in summer. If you feel you can’t provide adequate care and attention to these sensitive animals please consider a different pet.

Ice Pack

What we do

  • We have several outdoor freezers allowing us to freeze 50 – 100 ice packs at a time
  • Ice packs are given to our rabbits at 2 - 4 hour intervals throughout the day in extreme heat and once in the afternoon in moderate heat
  • We have metres and metres of extra shade cloth available for any area that needs it
  • We have paved areas in each run that can be hosed down hourly - even when not wet this provides relief from the heat
  • Someone is always home to monitor the rabbits when it reaches over 30 degrees
  • We have indoor cages ready for any rabbits that may develop heat stress or shows signs of being uncomfortable outside
  • We know each of our rabbits’ personalities so we are able to see the signs when they’re suffering stress

Summer musts for pet owners

  • Make sure your rabbit hutch is in full shade; this can be achieved through natural shade such as trees or shade cloth
  • Make sure they have plenty of cold and fresh water available
  • Check on your rabbit regularly in extreme heat (not just once a day) and watch for unusual behaviour

Summer suggestions

  • Have frozen water bottles or ice packs available in the freezer (2 each day per rabbit)
  • Pave part of the hutch to provide a cooler surface
  • Drape wet towels over the hutch
  • A wet piece of carpet works well on wired floored hutches
  • Have a fan blowing for air circulation
  • Separate rabbits on really hot days so they don’t ‘cuddle'
  • Put your rabbit on a wet concrete floor
  • Wet the tips of the rabbit’s ears with tepid water (not icy cold)
  • The best place for your rabbit on a hot day is inside if possible

Signs of heat stress

  • Stretched out and panting
  • Moisture around face and/or drooling
  • Bloody discharge from mouth/nose
  • Enlarged blood vessels in ears and mouth turning blue

If any of the above signs are visible in your rabbit medical attention may be needed. Rabbits die from heat stroke.