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UK Heatwave warning for the next week!

Wiebke

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Temperatures in hutches or pigloos in full sun can quickly climb over 40 C!
Guinea pigs can die from heat stroke in hutches, conservatories and out on the lawn or rooms in full sun and without any ventilation.

- Please make sure that you keep your guinea pigs in the coolest place in the house if at all possible.
- Move any hutches so they are in the shade during the worst heat (if not possible, please bring them inside into the coolest room and pull the curtains on any rooms in full sun) and not situated in a heat trap!
- Put any guinea pigs on the lawn in the shadiest spot possible. Please keep in mind that the sun is moving throughout the day! Ideally they are not on the lawn during the hottest hours unless you have a lot of shade on there.

Special attention is needed for older, ill or frail piggies!
The extra stress on the body can also mean that any old or frail piggies with underlying issues are at higher risk of falling ill or dying.
They are also at a real risk of fly strike (flesh eating maggots). Please check any ill, frail or old piggies twice daily for signs of it - indoors as well as outdoors.

Here are plenty of tips on how to keep your piggies as cool as possible;
how to recognise heat stroke and what to do as well as information on fly strike:

Hot Weather Management And Heat Strokes
Fly Strike
 

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Luckily my girls can escape the sun as only a small part of the run gets the sun. The hutch itself is shaded the whole day.

And I make sure they have plenty of fresh water each morning but even more so this morning. And they had some nice cucumber, lettuce and cherry tomatoes this morning, which I took out of the fridge a few mins beforehand.

That only lasted a few seconds though. Sigh 😁
 
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Thanks for the tips! I like to give my piggies frozen plastic water bottles to snuggle against if the want to. I often find they prefer to lick the condensation off once it has melted a bit!:lol:
 
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