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Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A Heat exhaustion/stroke symptoms?

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    • BunnyLass568
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        Sorry for making a thread so quickly after the other one but the other day it got really hot in my room (over 75°f/23.89°c) even with the AC on and the bunnies ears were a bit warm and they were lethargic so I gave them ice water, turned off my light, turned the fan on (not directly on them) and shut my door to cool it down some. Luckily that worked but it made me wonder what are the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke in rabbits?

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      • DanaNM
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          At 75 F they were prob a bit uncomfortable but wouldn’t be at risk of heat stroke until over 85 F. Giving them a fan helps a lot as it helps their natural cooling mechanisms (their ears) work better. One thing I like to do if the my buns seem overly warm is to dampen their ears lightly to create some evaporative cooling.

          These pages have some great info on heat concerns and heat stroke:

          https://wabbitwiki.com/wiki/Hot_weather_concerns

          https://wabbitwiki.com/wiki/Heat_stroke

          And no worries at all about making multiple threads! Nothing to apologize for.  🙂

           

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        • LBJ10
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            Isn’t 75F, like, normal room temperature in the summer? It may feel a bit warm to bunnies if it warms suddenly, but 75 is no where near the danger zone. This is especially true if they are inside, not in the heat of the sun, have a fan blowing on them, etc.


            • BunnyLass568
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                My dad keeps the house 73°f-76°f and yells at my mom if it’s 80 and she turns the AC on in the kitchen and it was 76-79 in my room alone (I don’t remember the exact temperature, it was above 75 I know that)

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              • DanaNM
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                  In any case, that’s still in the “safe” zone. If you keep a fan on and pointed at the buns they will be more comfortable throughout the temp fluctuations, and if it gets over 80 F you can give them a frozen water bottle or tile to lay on. In the summer I keep a fan pointed at one area of my buns’ pens and they often lay right in front of it. Myra especially will seek it out and lay as close to it as possible.

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