Summer Care For Pocket Pets

Do you have a tiny animal companion, such as a hamster, gerbil, or Guinea pig? These guys make pretty adorable animal companions. Of course, just like bigger animals, they can struggle with the heat in summer. Read on as a local Southeast Denver, CO vet offers some advice on keeping these guys nice and cool.


Be extra diligent about checking your furry buddy’s water when it’s hot! You may want to add extra water bottles when it’s really hot out. Some of these little guys may enjoy chewing ice cubes. Check with your vet first, though.

Cold Snacks

We love cooling off with cold snacks on sweltering days, and so do our patients. Little animals can also enjoy frozen treats. Take care to stick with safe, suitable options. The exact list of suitable snacks will depend on what kind of pet you have, so ask your vet for specific advice on safe and unsafe foods. 

Cool The Cage

You may need to take steps to help keep your tiny friend’s cage cool. Make sure it isn’t in direct sunlight! You can also aim a fan at it, though you don’t want it blowing directly inside the cage. You can also freeze ceramic tiles, and add those to the cage. Or, put frozen gel packs or bottles of water along the outside of the cage. Just make sure your furry friend can’t chew them.


A good hide will also help your little buddy stay comfy. A ceramic plant pot is a good option, as these stay nice and cool. 


Another thing to keep in mind is that waste and uneaten food will spoil more quickly in summer, and will also attract bugs. Stay on top of keeping that cage clean!

Warning Signs

Watch for signs that your furry pal is getting too hot. Although exact signs may vary a bit from pet to pet, you’ll generally want to look for things like panting, drooling, lethargy, vomiting and/or diarrhea, discolored gums or ears, disorientation, and restlessness. You’ll also notice your furry friend just seeming warm to the touch. If you know or suspect your pet is too hot, immediately take steps to cool them down, and call your vet for further instructions.

Do you have questions about your tiny pet’s health or care? Please contact us, your Southeast Denver, CO pet hospital, anytime! 


Comments are closed.