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Just read an answer from Dana Krempels about feeding rabbits turmeric. My own little rabbit, Futte, has been to the vet many times with little infections first in his eyes, then ears, then bladder. The vet mentioned that he may have a low immune system and that's why he keeps getting them. If he has an infection I will of course take him to the vet, but it would be nice if I could prevent some of them and having read a little about turmeric I was thinking it was worth a shot.

What I would like to know is, am I running any risk by sprinkling a little turmeric on a wet salad leaf? Can Turmeric in anyway be toxic to a rabbit? Turmeric is a root and normally they are not toxic to rabbits, but many normal fruits and vegetables are and I don't want to take any risks. Do you have any experience and /or knowledge about this??

Leah

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Hi Leah

I've been doing some reading and it seems that turmeric is fine for rabbits but is generally used to treat inflammation, I.e. for arthritis, not for infections. It may not really do anything for your bun.

I would recommend further discussions with your vet (and maybe with a specialist for second opinion) to see what the root causes are for your bunny's problems.

Sorry I couldn't be much more help!
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I can answer questions around the welfare of pet rabbits, basic health queries including gut stasis, diet worries, bonding questions and the proper welfare standards around housing rabbits (i.e. no wire floors, no small cages and they should be kept in properly bonded de-sexed pairs in very large enclosures). I cannot answer showing questions nor complex breeding issues as I do not agree with either, seeing the other end of the story in the world of rabbit rescue.

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I have two 7 year old rescue rabbits and volunteer for a well established rabbit rescue here in the UK, both physically doing cleaning out etc and I am also their events and awareness co-oordinator, helping educate the general public on proper rabbit keeping, this means I have to ensure all information I give is correct and matches current welfare standards.

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I have no formal education on this subject, however read everything I can to keep up to date with current welfare standards and health problems. Both my rabbits have sensitive guts and constantly keep me on my toes.

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