1 How to measure temperature? 2 Why does a rabbit have hot ears? 3 What to do and how to treat?
Rabbits have relatively weak immunity and require good care. Many symptoms can indicate poor health, among them: loss of appetite, laziness, apathy, lethargy, dry nose and hot ears. We are talking about common symptoms characteristic of most diseases. Today we’ll talk about the rabbit’s hot ears. Why they heat up, what it says and how to treat it.
How to measure temperature?
To measure the temperature in a rabbit, a mercury or electronic thermometer is used. In the second case, it will be much easier to measure, because it will take less time. It is necessary to lubricate the anus and the tip of the thermometer with petroleum jelly and gently insert the tip into the rectum. The electronic thermometer will show the exact result in 1 minute, while the mercury will need at least 5 minutes. The usual body temperature is 38.8 degrees. After prolonged activity, it can grow to forty. If the indicator exceeds 39 at rest and 40 after activity, you need to contact the veterinarian for an additional examination.
Why does the rabbit have hot ears?
There are several reasons why a rabbit has hot ears. If other signs of the disease are not observed, most likely, the heating occurred as a result of heat transfer. Rabbits do not know how to sweat; instead, thermoregulation occurs through the pads of the limbs and ears.
Ear heating is a sign of raising the body temperature of the animal. This may occur for the following reasons:
With prolonged activity; The room is very hot; The pet is sick.
The optimum ambient temperature is only 14. 20 degrees. Everything above is uncomfortable and it becomes hot for your pet. Excessive heat is removed through the least hairy parts of the body. When the rabbit gets hot, this is accompanied by accelerated breathing and a heartbeat. At 30 degrees, the animal becomes very hot, in the absence of the ability to cool, heat stroke and even death can occur. See also: Conjunctivitis in rabbits
After a long activity, the ears of the rabbit heat up, this is normal and there is nothing to do with it. If at the same time the appetite and behavior remain unchanged, you do not need to worry about anything. After a short time, the condition normalizes.
Hot ears indicate an increase in body temperature. If after a few hours they do not come back to normal, this indicates a possible illness. You can check for the following symptoms:
Lack of appetite; laziness and apathy; gnashing of teeth; snot and sneezing; constipation or diarrhea.
If you have any of the symptoms, you should contact your veterinarian.
Sometimes you can see the opposite effect when the ears are too cold. The situation may arise for the following reasons:
The rabbit has just woken up. During sleep, blood circulation is slower and the body cools a little. Cold ears due to hypothermia. Perhaps the animal was kept at a temperature of less than 5 degrees. Frostbite can occur when kept in frost in a limited area. In the pet there is no way to move for warming. In this case, the auricles become cold, swelling occurs.
What to do and how to treat?
In the absence of other symptoms of poor health, nothing needs to be done. This is a natural heat transfer process. Make sure that the rabbit has the opportunity to hide from direct sunlight in order to avoid overheating. Allow yourself to hide in the shade, you can also put bottles of cold water.
Indoors at high temperatures it is important to artificially increase humidity. To do this, use a spray, inside you can pour ordinary water. If the temperature exceeds 30 degrees, cover the cage with wet sheets. This will create more favorable conditions for the pet.
You can not wet the animal when overheating, it is better to wipe it with a damp cloth. In this case, warm water is used and only the ears and paw pads are rubbed. Water should not get inside the ear, it can cause illness even in the heat. You can cover your back with a damp cloth for several minutes.
See also: Abscess in a rabbit
Do not blow the decorative rabbit with cold air, this will entail a cold or other illness.