The Pets’n’Vets Family warns of dangers of heatstroke to guinea pigs
The Pets’n’Vets Family, an award-winning network of veterinary practices in Glasgow and the surrounding areas, has issued an urgent warning to guinea pig owners to be aware of the dangers that the sun can pose to their pets.
Ross Allan, an award-winning RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery at the award-winning Roundhouse Veterinary Hospital, part of The Pets’n’Vets Family, said: “While much attention has quite rightly been made about the dangers of heatstroke in dogs, we have recently been made aware of several of recent cases of heatstroke in pet guinea pigs and urge owners to be aware of the significant danger that the present extended period of unusually warm weather poses to their pets.
“While guinea pigs originate from South America and, as such, owners might think that they are perfectly capable of coping with high temperatures, it’s worth remembering that wild guinea pigs have the ability to avoid heat by moving to cooler temperatures. Pet guinea pigs, on the other hand, often cannot, and this makes them especially prone to heatstroke during high temperatures.
“Unlike dogs, guinea pigs do not control their heat loss by panting. An excessive rise in body temperature, coupled with dehydration, can lead to death if not treated promptly so it is vital that guinea pigs are kept in the shade and have access to fresh water to keep them hydrated. Ceramic tiles that have been in the freezer overnight, or frozen bottles of water wrapped in a towel, can also be placed into your guinea pig’s run to help keep them cool.”
For further information please contact Ross Allan at tel 0141 649 4949
Issued on behalf of The Pets’n’Vets Family by Liquorice Media tel 0141 297 1699 www.liquorice-media.com
Date: 5 July 2018