Heatstroke and Keeping Cool

You know it’s hot when the tortoises won’t come out of their house!

As the temperatures rise across the UK we need to watch out for signs of heatstroke in our small furry friends. It can be fatal. We believe that prevention is better than a trip to the emergency vet and a huge vet bill. So here are our tips on keeping them cool and how to spot heatstroke.

Remember heatstroke is an emergency and veterinary advice should always be sort.

Top Tips for Keeping Cool

  • Keep curtains and blinds closed.
  • Move them inside where it is cooler if possible..
  • If you can’t bring them inside move their hutch into the shade. If you can’t move the hutch or if no shade is available use parasols to create shade.
  • Provide them something cool to lie on. The cool pads for dogs/cats are good if they aren’t chewers! If they are chewers try a tile that’s been in the fridge or a damp towel.
  • Use fans and air-conditioning units to keep the room cool and to create air flow but don’t have them pointing directly at their hutch and make sure that they have enough space to move away from them.
  • Cool pods such as those by Scratch and Newton fit in snuggle safe fleece covers and are great for lying against. Alternatively you can freeze bottles of water and wrap in a towel.
  • Keep them hydrated. Offer plenty of fresh cool water and soak their veggies in water before feeding them

Signs of Heatstroke

  • Salivating and/or drooling
  • Weakness, sleepiness and lethargy
  • Panting or taking quick short breaths
  • Confusion
  • Unconsciousness
  • Fits

Remember heatstroke is an emergency and veterinary advice should always be sort.

If you are too hot then we can guarantee that your small furry friends will be feeling the same way.

I am Wilbur

I am Wilbur. I am NOT an Easter bunny.

I am a big bun who has lots of fur but not a very big tum. I like to keep myself clean, my bunwife too. I worried my mum sick when I stopped eating late the other night. GI Stasis caused by fur blocking my gut.

Mum says the strings of pearls I leave behind are a welcome sight but she can’t sell them to recover the costs.

I am Wilbur. I am NOT an Easter bunny.

I am McVitie. I am NOT an Easter Bunny

I am McVitie. I am NOT an Easter Bunny.

I am the Bunny Burrows’ guard rabbit. I may be tiny. I may be cute. But I take my job very seriously. I don’t care if you have two legs or four; disturb the peace and I’ll be there. My warning thump can be heard all over the house.

Nanny Gwen says its a good job I have no front teeth. I’m not sure that I agree. I cannot bite you so I’ll have to box you instead!

I am McVitie. I am NOT an Easter Bunny.

Snow Day, What’s A Snow Day!

What a winter it has been so far. We’ve not had one like this for 10 years. Plans keep having to be changed due to snow but the animals here do not understand the concept of a snow day!

No matter how much snow has fallen the animals in our care still need feeding, medicating and cleaning out.

We are very grateful to our dedicated volunteers who have been braving the elements and walking to Bunny Burrows to offer their services. Especially on days where the road has been impassable! Without them we would be sweeping Gwen up off the floor.

Guess the Name of the Bunny

Who would like to win this gorgeous hand knitted rabbit? We will even include free UK postage.

Guess the name of the bunny competition is open to our world wide supporters too.

All you need to do is guess their name. There are 100 names to choose from; listed on the chart below. It is £1 a name to be paid by PayPal. List of names sold can be found on our Facebook page.

Our PayPal link is paypal.me/bunnyburrows or our PayPal email is gwenbigbunny@hotmail.com please add your name, email address and the name/names you would like to guess in PayPal comment section.

Prize has been kindly donated by @knotyourknanasknits – check out her Facebook and Instagram pages, her knitted creations are fabulous

January’s Auction

Unfortunately we have decided to cancel January’s auction. Due to high levels of COVID 19 in our small area of North Yorkshire; it is unfair for us to ask our volunteers to take so many parcels to the post office. We will review the situation for February’s auction nearer the time.

In the mean time watch this space for our next online fundraiser … coming soon to a screen in your home.

Nature’s Own Hay

We are now one of Nature’s Own affiliated charities.

When you buy their products using our referral link they donate hay back to us. This is a wonderful scheme designed to help small charities like ourselves.

Although we buy the majority of our hay direct from the farmer. The rabbits and guinea pigs always appreciate fancy feeding hay. After all everyone appreciates a little treat every now and again.

Too Cold for Tortoises

Brrrr it’s cold outside; much colder than what we are used to even here in North Yorkshire! Its causing a few unexpected problems. Eleven problems to be exact!

Eleven tortoises have been hibernating in the shed. Nothing unusual there, they’ve been successfully hibernating in there for several years. It is their home for half the year. However with no sign of this cold snap ending and temperatures dropping well below zero the shed is now too cold for them to safely hibernate.

So what to do with eleven hibernating tortoises?

They need somewhere cold but not too cold, dry and sheltered to continue their hibernation. Somewhere that is easy to access. Not to mention somewhere big enough to keep all eleven!

The answer – the conservatory!

Much to Gretel’s disgust Gwen has turned the heating off in the conservatory and barred her access. The tortoises are all neatly stacked with their names on their boxes, sleeping the winter away.

A little reminder

So 2021 hasn’t got off to the best of starts. Here in England today is the first day of our third national lockdown. It may not be how we wanted to start the year but it is what it is.

We would like to take this time to remind you of the message we posted back in March. A rabbit is for life not just for lockdown.

A rabbit like any other pet is a lifelong commitment. They should be a member of the family not an impulse buy.

With an average lifespan of 8-12 years these complicated creatures require a specialist vet which does not come cheap and at the moment vet care is not easy to access.

So please remember a rabbit is for life not just for lockdown.