Hi everyone. This is Maizie the chinchilla.
The warmer weather is starting to happen more often, so I wanted to take a moment to remind you that your furry and feathered family members need you to think about them in the heat. Some of the scaled ones do too. At the very least we - and by "we" I mean all animals, be they furry, feathered, or scaled - need a shady spot to rest in, and plenty of water to keep us hydrated, especially in the heat of Summer.
For some animals, however, this is not enough. Chinchillas, for example, have fur that is so thick we can't tolerate higher temperatures at all. For us it's even more important to take steps to make sure to keep us cool.
In short, regardless of the species of your family members, it's important that you do what you can to stop them becoming too hot, and watch for any potential signs that you aren't managing to keep them cool enough. If you don't, you risk them becoming very ill, and possibly even dying, which I'm sure you don't want.
If you're not sure what to look for, or are concerned for any reason, you should contact your vet immediately.
Just bear that in mind, OK?