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Warm Weather Tips For Exotic Pets

Posted December 22, 2014 in Bird Health & Care

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Dr. Laurie Hess is our resident exotics expert and contributes regularly on the Pet Health Network. For more from Dr. Hess, find her on Facebook!

Summer – time to go outside in the sunshine, breathe fresh air, picnic with friends, and take our pets outside to enjoy the weather, too. All sounds wonderful, until a pet becomes ill, injured, or escapes. How can we prevent summertime mishaps with our pets? Here are a few tips to help keep pets safe:

Beat the Heat
If you have a rabbit, guinea pig, chinchilla or other fuzzy creature that is not used to being outside in the heat, be sure to provide him or her with plenty of shade and lots of fresh water so that he or she doesn’t overheat in hot weather. Since that these animals originate genetically from cold climates where they have to keep warm, they were bred to have thick fur coats that retain heat, and they don’t have sweat glands like other mammals to release heat. So, it is essential that these pets not be left for long in direct sunlight or inside an unventilated car in summer; he or she will surely overheat and could easily die.

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Laurie has more than 15 years of experience in the veterinary industry and is a board-certified bird specialist and exotic animal veterinarian as well as a founding member of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.