The New England heat wave that just...won't...end is about to get worse over the next few days, challenging our ability to protect our animals and ourselves from heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and dehydration. With forecasted temperatures ranging from 97 to 102 degrees (depending on who you get your weather information from) and heat indexes projected to be in the "feels like 105 to 110 degrees" range, the next few days will demand that pets be left in air-conditioned homes if they're to survive. As my weatherman said last night, "We're talking about dangerous, deadly heat here, folks."
I wrote a list of warm weather care tips earlier in the summer, which you can link back to. Also, in case you miss it in the comments that people posted in response to my list, Mike at Comfy Cavies over in the United Kingdom gave us a link to some good tips on his Web site. While his tips talk a lot about guinea pigs who live in outside hutches (I honestly don't know if the U.K. ever has the dangerous heat waves that we've been having increasingly more of here in New England), his tips will work well if you're trying to keep indoor guinea pigs (or rabbits) cool in a non-air-conditioned home.
Hang in there, stay cool, and conserve energy however you can. This is all supposed to break (finally!) on Thursday night.