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Jaspers mum
27-05-2010, 02:17 AM
In Ontario right now we are having some extreme weather, it's about 40c in my apt right now, and Jasper is squatting like normal, but he is panting.

I dont think thats normal, he has the fan on him, I gave him a bowl of water (which he lapped up greedily) what else can I do?

Is he in danger?

Tamsin
27-05-2010, 02:40 AM
Try damping towels and laying them over the cage. You can also damp his ears regularly with cool water. A fan won't help much unless you are blowing cool air in from elsewhere. If he's panting call your vet for advise.

Jack's-Jane
27-05-2010, 06:30 AM
You could also dampen his ears and the back of his neck with cool water.

Happy Hopping
27-05-2010, 07:52 AM
Is it that heat in Ontario? It's only 13 deg. C here.

Like the others said, use a cool water spray and spray it on the Fur side of their ears. Their ears radiate heat. When dry, spray it again, so do it every few hr.

Elena
27-05-2010, 07:53 AM
A tile of something for him to sit on? Something that tends to keep cooler than it's surroundings.

NLENG2000
27-05-2010, 08:06 AM
You could put a bottle of water in the freezer and when it's frozen wrap it in a teatowel or something and put it next to him so he has something cool to lie against - this works really well for my bunnies

Kermit
27-05-2010, 08:06 AM
If you fill a few large water bottles and put them in the freezer, then once frozen put them in a pillow case or towel and place beside bunny.

Also wetting the ears, as suggested, is good.

Kermit
27-05-2010, 08:06 AM
You could put a bottle of water in the freezer and when it's frozen wrap it in a teatowel or something and put it next to him so he has something cool to lie against - this works really well for my bunnies

Great minds :)

Bluesmum
27-05-2010, 08:44 AM
I use marble tiles that I've put in the freezer with a teatowel round them :wave:

Jenova
27-05-2010, 01:18 PM
Put a bowl of ice cubes behind the fan so that it blows cold air. And with a frozen bottle of water... I know this might be really obvious but only fill the bottle about three quarters full before you freeze it or the ice will expand and the bottle will pop. The other thing you can do is fill a glass jar with ice cubes. :)

donnamt
27-05-2010, 01:52 PM
Put a bowl of ice cubes behind the fan so that it blows cold air. And with a frozen bottle of water... I know this might be really obvious but only fill the bottle about three quarters full before you freeze it or the ice will expand and the bottle will pop. The other thing you can do is fill a glass jar with ice cubes. :)

:oops::oops::oops::oops::oops:

why behind the fan and not infront? and the popping bottle is that wile freezing or while defrosting *gots a whole new paranoia to go home with* :oops::oops:

Elena
27-05-2010, 01:54 PM
:oops::oops::oops::oops::oops:

why behind the fan and not infront? and the popping bottle is that wile freezing or while defrosting *gots a whole new paranoia to go home with* :oops::oops:

While freezing ;) And behind cos the fan pushes the air from behind forwards.

donnamt
27-05-2010, 01:59 PM
While freezing ;) And behind cos the fan pushes the air from behind forwards.

phewwwwwwwwwww lol. ill try the ice cube idea when we get hot again

parsnipbun
27-05-2010, 02:00 PM
camping packs - the sort that freeze the pack to keep other stuff cold -

put them under him (wrapped in a towel).

Panting is not good.

Jaspers mum
27-05-2010, 09:59 PM
Sorry about the late reply, Jasper started to become lethargic, and I took him to the ER vet.

He is fine now, has wet ears, a frozen water bottle, his cage is now lines with ceramic tiles, and he has a bowl of water with ice cubes in it.

The vet gave him fluids with a needle *ouch*

But sent him home this afternoon around 1pm. He is ok now, but I was quite worried!

It doesnt usually get so hot here, poor Jas!:(

lildebs
27-05-2010, 10:05 PM
Glad he's ok, is there a shaded area for him so he's not in direct sunlight?

Jaspers mum
27-05-2010, 10:08 PM
yes definately, he is no where near sunlight :D too hot for even the lights in the apt to be on

Jenefina
27-05-2010, 10:15 PM
Poor little mite, so glad he's feeling better xxx

Jaspers mum
27-05-2010, 10:25 PM
The vet said he was fine, just had a worrisome mummy...But I'd rather be safe than sorry. I've never had a nethie before, I used to have a lop, and before that a belgian hare. Jas is SO SMALL, I was afraid of how fast his condition would deteriorate

donnamt
27-05-2010, 10:41 PM
awww sounds lovely and cool for him now :D:D:D

hope tomorrow is easier on you both, bloody weather :evil:

Jaspers mum
28-05-2010, 02:08 AM
He's comfortable now, I was just not prepared. Even I feel ill today, temps reached 31.6c. It's awful. Sometimes in August it gets this hot, but by then we are used to the heat a little, and we have the a/c on. A/c doesnt kick in til June 1st.

This weather has been crazy! In England this past winter, they had our snow, meanwhile we had next to none. Now, in Toronto it is so hot my flip flop bottom melted today on the ashphalt. what the heck?

note: 31 doesnt seem so bad if you dont understand Canadian climate. We have very heavy humidity, so while it was 31c it felt like 42!:(

aussiebun
28-05-2010, 04:32 AM
Hi there,

I'm from Australia and our summers are stinking hot - well over 40c! All the advice re ice bottles is correct. I would add though, that when it's that hot and you don't have access to a/c to not wrap the ice bottles up.

When it's that hot here, especially after a few days, my buns will lie right on top of the frozen bottle.

Bet you can't wait for the a/c to kick in! Lol.

Jaspers mum
29-05-2010, 06:37 AM
I dont think I would like Australian summers, lol. Thanks for the tip, the a/c is apparently broken and wont be turned on til the 15th, I actually whined like a small child when I found out :(

Jas is comfy now, he has been moved into the living room where its cooler, and I bought him his own fan lol, the water bottles arent needed anymore, the heat seems to have snapped a bit, its a beautiful and comfy 20 right now :p