Rabbits/Fresh Veggies

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Hi

We are new to bunny ownership (we have two a neutered male and neutered female for about three weeks) and there seems to be a lot of conflicting information about what veggies you can and can't feed to a rabbit.

Our vet advised to cut down on the amount of pellets we feed them and increase the amount of fresh green veggies.  She advised cabbage, broccoli, carrot tops, spinach & celery.

I've just read elsewhere that broccoli & cabbage should NOT be feed to rabbits and now I'm confused.

Any advice greatly appreciated.

Many thanks

Answer
Dear Paul,

A few rabbits are sensitive to some of the brassicaceous vegetables (e.g., cabbage, broccoli, rapini, etc.) and get gassy from them.  That's the main reason some people recommend against giving them to rabbits.  But most bunnies can tolerate them quite well.  If we didn't give kale every night, there would be a major mutiny.

So give your bunnies small quantities to start out (this is a good idea for *any* new dietary item) and see how they do.  If you see no gassiness or mushy poop, then you can slowly increase the amount.

A variety of greens is best, and you can find a list of good ones here:

www.bio.miami.edu/hare/diet.html

Hope that helps!

Dana
P.S. - Very beautiful bunnies!  :)
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Dana Krempels, Ph.D.

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I've lived with companion rabbits for more than 35 years, and consider them members of my family. I can answer any questions about the biology and health of rabbits, from the commonplace to the unusual. But please note:

RULE #1:
THE INTERNET IS NOT THE PLACE TO SEEK HELP IN AN EMERGENCY.

  • If your rabbits is LETHARGIC
  • If your rabbit is NOT EATING
  • If your rabbit is PHYSICALLY INJURED (including broken bones)
  • If your baby rabbit has DIARRHEA
...it is an EMERGENCY.

Find a rabbit vet at www.rabbit.org/vet for immediate help, and don't risk your bunny's life by spending time asking questions online! If you can't get in touch with your vet, read these Emergency Sick Bunny Instructions.

If you have found a wild baby rabbit, please read these EMERGENCY INSTRUCTIONS FOR WILD BABY RABBITS and then use this link to FIND A LOCAL WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR who can give you the right advice.


RULE #2:
Help me help you! Please make your subject line informative if you have an urgent question.
  • If you already have been to the vet and still need help
  • if you can't find an available vet with the resources above
then LET ME KNOW IN THE SUBJECT LINE so I can give your question highest priority over non-urgent questions. If you don't do this, then I can't guarantee timely assistance!

For all the best, most accurate rabbit health, care and behavior information, visit The House Rabbit Society.

Experience

I have been rescuing and rehabilitating domestic and wild rabbits for about 30 years. I have written articles for many rabbit rescue publications, as well as for the veterinary journal, Exotic DVM. I own EtherBun, the internet's largest listserve dedicated to health, care, and behavior of domestic rabbits.

Organizations
Houserabbit Adoption, Rescue, and Education, Inc. (H.A.R.E., Inc.) president National House Rabbit Society (Board member)

Publications
Exotic DVM
Warren Peace (Journal of the House Rabbit Society of Miami)
Various newsletters of the House Rabbit Society, nationwide

Education/Credentials
Ph.D - Biology
B.S. - Biology
B.A. - English

Awards and Honors
Lightspan Academic Excellence Award for web site on rabbit health and biology
(http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare)

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