Well whee all love the Summer don’t we? The sunshine, the flowers, the heat. But what happens when the heat gets too much? When it’s that lovely hot Summer morning, and you put your guinea pigs out to play in the garden?
Do you sit out, enjoy the sun with us? Or do you decide that when it gets a bit too hot, about midday, when the sun is at its highest point you want to go in so you leave us out there. The simple truth is; you may be causing unnecessary suffering to your beloved pets.
If it’s too hot for you out there then it is too hot for us. Don’t leave us out in the garden while you go in to cool down. Though whee are not sure of exact figures (having only read stories online and some probably aren’t put out there) whee are always shocked by the amount of guinea pigs that die every Summer due to heatstroke.
Though whee think its common sense whee are going to put these points together:
> When in the garden, please give your guinea pig an area of shade and something to hide in. One per piggy is usually best. Whee have a blue tent, and small cuddly pet beds for our garden time.
> If you are putting us out for longer than half an hour, please put out a bowl of water or attach a water bottle to the run, somewhere shaded to keep the water cool for us.
> It is also good to give us some vegetables with a high water content such as cherry tomatoes, cucumber, celery, pepper etc.
> This can be used in a cage or outside. Either get a pet safe cool pack for them to cuddle up to. Or make your own by filling an empty water bottle with water and freezing it. Then wrap that in a towel or blanket and put in the cage or run for us to cuddle up to.
> Watch out for signs of heat stroke (or heat stress). Signs of heat stroke include panting, slobbering, weakness (floppy body), refusal to move about (lethargy), delirium, convulsions and eventually death. Yes, it is that serious.
With heat stroke your piggy will be floppy and lethargic, it is one of the scariest things to see. Best treatment whee can recommend is syringe room temperature water and place them on a cool wet flannel or cloth, somewhere shaded. Alternatively you can use a spray bottle of cool water and spray a light mist over the piggy. But the only real advice is get that piggy to a cavy savvy vet ASAP.
So whatever you do this Summer to enjoy the hot weather please remember, we rely on you so keep us safe and hydrated.