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Belinda Says Hay: “How to Stay Safe on Hot Days”

How to Stay Safe on Hot Days

Hello. It’s Belinda.

Is it super-hot where you live? There’s a heat wave here in Pittsburgh. “They” say it will feel like 110 degrees.

I’m so worried about all the rabbits and other small animals. Indoors and out.

Anything higher than 80 degrees is too hot in my opinion. It can make a rabbit feel sick. And once we get sick it can be too late.

For one thing, the shedding. If we groom ourselves, that fur can cause “GI slowdown” or worse.

I had it two years ago and it was awful. I had to go to the vet. Then my roommate had to feed me with a syringe because I wouldn’t eat.

For the past week or so, she’s been grooming me with a blue mitt. I am not a fan but “it has to be done,” as she says.

I don’t know what’s more annoying, to tell you the truth. All the yanking or hearing “it has to be done” two or three times a day.

Anyway, getting the extra fur off is just one way to stay safe in the heat.

You can read many more, including tips for guinea pigs, in this blog by my teammate Natalie:

I think she did an excellent job.

My agent wrote a blog about heatstroke. What to watch for and what to do.

If you suspect heatstroke you have to act fast. So I hope you will take a look. “Just in case.”

I’m writing this blog on Friday morning. Once I send this to my agent I am done for the day. Time to hibernate, if you know what I mean.

Let me know how you are doing in this heat. Leave a comment below.


It’s too hot to argue about it.



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