Rabbits/Rabbit pellets


I am always concerned about the ingredients in rabbit pellets. The one I am using now I believe is pretty good but I was hoping to get a second opinion. I have a 1yr old male holland lop and here is a list of the ingredients.

Hi Tara

You are right to have some concern over ingredients of pellets. The one you are using is certainly not the worst I've seen! I would question the addition of extra salt and also beet pulp is a substitute for sugar. It's still not the worst I've seen though. Adult rabbits should only be getting pellets as a small supplement to hay diet, so only really need roughly a handful a day depending on the rabbit's size.

This has a good dry food comparison on it, albeit most of the pellets are European as the website is based in the UK, but it will give you a good idea!

This website by reknowned rabbit vet, Frances Harcourt Brown, also has some interesting insights into proper rabbit diet:

Hope those help!


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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.

I belong to the RWAF (Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund) and volunteer for a major rabbit rescue.

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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