Summer Care for Pocket Pets

Do you have a smaller pet, like a Guinea pig, gerbil, or bunny? If so, you may want to give your tiny furball some extra attention at this time of year. Heat can be rough on these guys! A local Tampa, FL vet offers some summer care tips for pocket pets below.

Cage Location

Making sure your pet’s cage is in a good spot is very important. Don’t put your little pal in direct sunlight, or too close to an air conditioner.


The best thing you can do to keep your pet from overheating is make sure they always have plenty of fresh water. You may want to get them three water bottles. Keep one in the freezer, so your pet can have a nice supply of cold water as the frozen one melts.


Some people like to take their pets out for strolls. Your Guinea pig or bunny may like exploring on a leash, but don’t take them out in sweltering weather.


Another thing you can do is add some cooler bedding. Many smaller pets will enjoy frozen towels. You can also put a frozen gel pack around the outside of your pet’s house. Just make sure they can’t chew anything that isn’t safe.

Hurricane Prep Kit

We can’t really talk about summer pet care without mentioning the possibilities of hurricanes. Have an evacuation plan in place for your pet. You may want to get a plastic storage tote, and cut holes in it for ventilation. Put a small bug-out bag in it for your tiny friend. This should include bedding, food, toys, fresh water, towels, dishes, and a first-aid kit. You may also want to add a leash and harness, and a few things for them to chew on.

Frozen Treats

A cold treat is always nice on summer days. Your furry friend can have some of their fruits and veggies chilled or even frozen. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Warning Signs

It’s important to know the signs of overheating. These differ somewhat from pet to pet, but some general red flags are panting, lethargy, restlessness, discolored gums, and trembling. If you notice any of these, take steps to cool your little buddy off, and call your vet.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your local Tampa, FL animal clinic, today.

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