Just like other small rodents (hamsters,
guinea pigs, gerbils) rabbits are quite susceptible to heat
stroke. The best way to avoid heat stroke altogether is to
pay close attention to the conditions that your rabbit is
During the summer months beware not to place your rabbit
in a room that is hot or has a lot of direct sunlight. You
may even consider placing your rabbit in the cooler basement
during the warm periods of the year. If the rabbit must be
placed in an area with direct sunlight be sure to provide
it with ample shade that it can use to avoid the heat.
Although heat stroke can have disastrous effects, it can
be successfully treated if caught early enough. The first
step to take is to bathe the rabbit in cool water. After you
have lowered its temperature it will be time to take it to
the veterinarian to ensure nothing else needs to be done.
In the following days you will need to ensure that the rabbit
has plenty of food and water. Also ensure that you do not
cause it any unnecessary stress so that it can recover at
its own pace.