Record hot temperatures have already been seen around the country.

Use the 9 tips below to protect your rabbit from the summer heat!

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When is Warm too Hot for Your Rabbit? Little Angora Rabbit

It might be a lot lower than you think!

According to the PetLife website, most rabbits can comfortably handle up to 75 degrees F (or 24 degrees C). While that is mild for us, it may not be for your beloved rabbit especially if they are Flemish Giant or Angora rabbits who are more sensitive to heat.

The Cape Coop website cautions that rabbits begin experiencing heat-related stress at 85 degrees and above. If you live in a humid climate, remember to factor in the heat index even with cooler temperatures.

Signs Your Rabbit is Overheating

White Bunny Eating Grass

  • ~ Red, enlarged veins
  • ~ Ears that are hot to the touch
  • ~ Inflamed foot pads
  • ~ Fast, shallow breathing or gasping
  • ~ Nostrils flaring
  • ~ Partially shut eyes
  • ~ Wetness around – or under – the nose
  • ~ Listlessness, lethargy or dormancy

Keep reading to learn the simple tips to protect your rabbit from the heat!

Make a DIY “air conditioner” for your rabbit!

All you need is a cheap foam cooler, small fan, some pipe, and duct tape!

9 Tips to Keep Your Rabbit Cool

  1. Place them inside – with their hutch or cage – in a protected area, preferably Rabbit in Cageon hard surfaces that are easier to clean. Cooler garages and basements are also good.
  2. Run the AC for cooler temperatures. Fans may not always be enough to cool things down (including your rabbit) in extremely hot weather.
  3. If you only have a fan, make sure it is near your rabbit’s cage, but NOT directly blowing on them all the time, and it should rotate to maximize the airflow. Make sure your rabbit has enough space to move away from the breeze if they want.
  4. Fill a spray bottle with cool (not ice cold) water and mist your rabbit all over, particularly their ears. When the mist evaporates, it will naturally lower their temperature. Do NOT submerge a rabbit in the water! According to PetLife, rabbits have been known to die from being submerged as it shocks their system and exacerbates the issue of overheating.
  5. For an outside rabbit, place a cool and damp towel over their cage to provide shade and cooling moisture. Do NOT put a damp towel on a rabbit. Gently wipe the backs of their ears with a cool, damp towel to also help them cool down. Rabbit Eating Fresh Greens
  6. Ice can also help your rabbit stay cool even when the mercury is soaring! Make sure your rabbit has a water bowl so they can get all the water they need (not a bottle with a sipper). Drop a handful of ice cubes in the water bowl and replenish as needed. Freeze some of your rabbit’s favorites treats in ice cubes too; keep them cool and busy!
  7. Another great way to cool down your rabbit is with frozen ceramic tiles. Freeze for just 15 minutes and lay them down near your rabbit to use. 
  8. Worried if your rabbit is getting enough hydration? Wash their daily greens and feed them wet.
  9. If necessary, trim away excess fur to help your rabbit stay comfortable.

Additional Reading:

House Rabbit Society: Keep Your Rabbit Cool in the Summer

PetLife: Keeping Your Rabbit Cool in Summer

The Cape Coop: Top 7 Ways to Keep Your Rabbits Cool in the Summer

Rabbit Hutch World: Keeping Your Rabbit Cool in the Summer


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With freezing temperatures and dry winter air, the air inside our homes becomes even drier and that means winter challenges for our pets.

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With our pets spending more time inside during the winter months, you may begin noticing more sinus problems from built-up dander, dead hair and pet allergens!

The EquiGroomer Grooming Tools along with bathing can really help cut down on accumulating dead hair, pet dander and allergens inside your closed-up house!

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If there’s one thing we can commiserate with our pets, it’s dry winter air! With seasonally low humidity and constant heating, even humans are challenged with dry, flaky skin, respiratory problems like bronchitis, dried out, achy sinuses and sudden nosebleeds.

Imagine how your pet feels!

Winter Issues for Our Pets

Dry winter air and even drier air inside cause real challenges to our pet’s overall health. Issues like:Cats Suffer from Dry Winter Skin

  • Dry skin;
  • Dandruff;
  • Itching; and
  • Static electricity.

To help address the challenges from dry winter air, use a humidifier to put moisture (humidity) back into your home.

Want to avoid buying an expensive humidifier? Try water-filled vases on windowsills exposed to sunlight, boil a tea kettle on the stovetop and place metal or ceramic bowls of water on heat radiators or registers.

Reduce static electricity by dusting with a non-static dryer sheet – wipe down furniture too.

Keep reading to learn other effective remedies to help keep your pets comfortable despite the dry winter air.

Dry Winter Air: Canines

Even with the extra protection of their fur coat, canines are still challenged by dry winter air and the effects on their skin can be exacerbated by regularly going in and outdoors.

 “Excessively dry skin on your dog will manifest itself in ways you might expect, such as dandruff-like flaking and brittle hair. But excessive scaling … could be a sign of a bacterial skin infection, which requires veterinary attention for treatment.”

(Dr. Nicole A. Heinrich, Veterinarian, McKeever Dermatology Clinics)


  1. Dog-friendly topical moisturizers (weekly or every other week; ask your vet)
  2. Increased brushing to stimulate and distribute the skin’s natural oils
  3. Vitamin E oil for dry noses
  4. Limited bathing with a dog shampoo/rinse with soothing moisturizers like oatmeal and aloe vera
  5. Increased Essential Fatty Acids (note: always speak with your vet first):Raw Eggs Can Help Your Dog's Dry Skin
    • For conditioned skin:
      • Zinc & Vitamin A
      • Raw eggs
      • Sardines & Herrings
    • For mild, seasonal allergies like dust mites, human dander, cotton, wool and mold. Antihistamines can be sparingly used (like Benadryl), but the natural alternative, Quercetin or Quercetin Bromelain, is much safer for dogs. Quercetin is part of a group of natural, water-soluble plant pigments called flavonoids. (Long-term use of OTC products like Benadryl (specifically the ingredient diphenhydramine) may cause dementia in dogs and humans.)
Quercetin is Nature's Form of Benadryl
Courtesy: Rodney Habib, Pet Nutrition Blogger

Dry Winter Air: Felines

Good Nutrition and Hydration Help Cat's Dry SkinJust like their canine friends, our felines are just as susceptible to winter dryness. But excessive itchiness and scratching can lead to unwanted infections and wounds for your cat. Below are some remedies to keep your cat’s skin well-conditioned.

“Good nutrition is essential for your cat’s healthy skin and coat … along with good hydration for the optimal function of every feline organ including her skin.” (


  1. Increased brushing to stimulate and distribute the skin’s natural oils. Avoid bathing your cat in winter.
  2. Increased Omega-3 Fatty Acids (note: always speak with your vet first).
  3. Vitamin E.
  4. Feed a high-quality cat food with a high content of water.
  5. Add olive, fish, krill and mussel and coconut oils to food (coconut oil can also be massaged into the fur). Do not use grapeseed or flaxseed oil, cats cannot properly process these oils.
  6. Cats can also suffer from seasonal allergies. Like dogs, cats can be given an OTC antihistamine. But the natural alternative, Quercetin or Quercetin Bromelain, is much safer.

With some proactive care and remedies along with your vet’s advice, you and your pets can comfortably enjoy the winter season!


Additional Reading:

6 Tips for Treating Your Dog’s Dry Winter Skin

6 Tips for Your Cat’s Dry Winter Skin

6 Tips for Keeping Your Dog’s Skin and Coat Healthy during the Winter Months

Nature’s Benadryl: Quercetin

Cats with Dry Skin – Best Natural Remedies for Dry Skin in Cats

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