Date: 24/07/19
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Heatstroke in small mammals

Heatstroke/hyperthermia/heat exhaustion is one of the biggest pet killers in the summer. However, heatstroke can be avoided! Because small mammals are.. well, small, they can be very sensitive to heatwaves as they can’t regulate their body temperature as well as humans can. We have some simple, yet effective, steps below to keep your small mammals cool in the heat.


  • Keep them out of the sun/direct sunlight, and give them a shady/hiding area

  • Freeze water in an empty & clean water bottle/plastic bottle, wrap them in a t-shirt or towel and place one or two in their cage (make sure your pet isn’t chewing up and ingesting the plastic of the bottle though!). Or leave it right outside of their cage.

  • Cool and airy room, but no draughts

  • Access to plenty of clean and fresh water

  • Fruit and vegetable treats are perfect for hot summer days, they give your pet an extra bit of water and you can even pop them in the fridge beforehand!

Signs of heatstroke in small mammals:

  • Drooling

  • Quick short breaths

  • Lethargic and sleepy

  • Falling unconscious or fitting

  • Ears/feet abnormally hot to the touch

If your small mammal is showing any of these signs get them to a cooler location immediately (DO NOT rapidly cool them down as this can cause them to go into shock) and get to your vet as soon as possible.



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