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ways to cool down piggies

Kevin_Haae

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So I'm a bit worried about my piggies. Not enough to warrent a vet trip or anything, but it's been very hot here and typically its. well, not. since I live in Canada, it's usually cooler. But lately it's been in the high twenties and low thirties (in the 80s for people who use Fahrenheit) and I noticed my piggies are dealing with the heat by sleeping all day, and they're not really eating as much because I think they just want to avoid the heat. So far, I added a secondary water source that's just an open bowl with ice cubes ( unlike their usual bottle ) and added an icepack thickly wrapped in a towel so they can lay against it to cool down. Do these seem like alright methods to cool down some pigs? and is there anything else I can do to make it more comfortable for them? I already keep them out of direct sunlight and indoors and such. I might turn a fan on to try and just cool the entire room since they're in my bedroom and it's hot as hell for me as well. I also fed them more high water veggies (Cucumber, celery, and bell pepper) and might give them a treat of watermelon rind. but yeah! any suggestions or does this all seem fine for them?​
 

Seven7

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Granite slabs or similar stones are generally cold to the touch regardless of the weather. If you set those down, they will lay down or walk on them and it will be cool to the touch helping them to cool off.

My boy and girl guinea pigs live indoor where central cooling and heating system always keep the constant temperature at 70 Fahrenheit or 21 Cesius.
If I was in similar situation as yours, I would lay down granite slabs in both cages for them lay down and cool down.
 

Kevin_Haae

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Granite slabs or similar stones are generally cold to the touch regardless of the weather. If you set those down, they will lay down or walk on them and it will be cool to the touch helping them to cool off.

My boy and girl guinea pigs live indoor where central cooling and heating system always keep the constant temperature at 70 Fahrenheit or 21 Cesius.
If I was in similar situation as yours, I would lay down granite slabs in both cages for them lay down and cool down.
Damn, i don't have access to any granite slabs. I'll check how much they cost though, so if i have enough when my paycheck comes i'll buy some and they'll be reusable for every summer. Thanks for the tip!
 

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Things like kitchen and bathroom tiles can work well and slate or bricks so if you know someone who has anything going spare rather than paying for a slab. I found a "just over piggy size" smooth bit of slate in our garden and keep that in the hutch and I also have the scratch and Newton ice pod for hot days. I would say you are doing everything right. You could, if the cage has a roof, put a damp towel in the freezer to cool it right down and place it over the cage especially if you have a fan on to help cool the area around the cage.
Other than that it's just keeping an eye on them for any symptoms of heat stroke. A couple of years back my elderly gent had a slight bit of trouble one day and was a bit wobbly. Rushed him to the vet the first thing the next morning but by then he had made a full recovery
 
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