Hot weather and heat stroke information Please make sure that your guinea pigs in the UK are safe in- and outdoors over the coming days. Keep in mind that upstairs rooms, lawns, patios and hutches in full sun can be deadly heat traps and that guinea pigs can die from heat strokes. Take care that especially any elderly, very young and frail guinea pigs are well protected. See what you can do HERE: https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/threads/hot-weather-management-and-heat-strokes.105317/ Fly strike warning Some flies lay their eggs into the flesh of living animals to provide the developing maggots with nourishment. Please keep any hutches and outdoor areas extra clean and check your guinea pigs genitalia twice daily for signs of swelling and white dots or crawling maggots. At a high risk are especially elderly guinea pigs that cannot clean themselves well, long-haired and scatty guinea pigs with soiled bottoms; they need regular bum baths with hand warm water. Check your guinea pigs for small pinkish lumps when you bring them indoors. Any bleeding guinea pigs (URI/bladder problems or open wounds) don't belong outdoors. Use fly paper in guinea pig rooms. If you have an affected guinea pig or rabbit, see a vet as an absolute emergency at any hour of the day or night. Animals can be saved in the early stages, after that, the kindest thing you can do is put them out of their misery as quickly as possible. You can't afford to wait several hours or until the next morning - by then it is too late.