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Unsafe Foods For Rabbits

July 15 2023
July is Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month! Also, the last week of July is Rabbit Week. We’re more than hoppy to give these little furballs their turn in the spotlight. Bunnies are super cute and lots of fun, and they deserve to be pampered. Of course, like all the rest of our patients, these guys love being spoiled with treats. It’s fine to give your furry friend something special, but you’ll need to be careful to only offer safe foods. A Bowmanville, ON vet lists some things to avoid in this article.

Bread/Grains

Floppy may enjoy nibbling on things like biscuits, crackers, bread, and pasta, but these high-carb foods can upset that furry tummy. Oatmeal should also be off the menu, unless your vet specifically recommends it.

Some Produce

Floppy needs veggies in her diet, just as we do. However, that doesn’t mean everything is fine. Iceberg lettuce is one example. Not only does it provide no nutrition, it also contains lactucarium, which can make your cute pet dangerously lethargic. Avocados, though healthy for us, are toxic to bunnies, and should be avoided as well. You also should never give your furry pal tomato or potato leaves. There are also some greens, such as chard and broccoli, that should only be offered in very limited amounts, as they may cause gas or bloating. Other unsafe fruits and veggies include coconut, chilies, potatoes, and anything with seeds or pips.

Bulbed Plants

As a general rule of thumb, you should consider anything with a bulb unsafe for pets. That includes flowers, such as tulips and daffodils, as well as edible plants. Garlic and onions are at the top of that list, and are particularly concerning because they are often used to season things. Scallions and chives are also unsafe.

Excessive Sweets

Floppy has a massive sweet tooth, and she loves things like strawberries, yogurt drops, and yes, carrots. However, too much sugar is not good for your furry friend. You can offer the occasional bit of fruit: just don’t go too crazy. Some good options are banana, apple, blackberries, blueberries, melon, peaches, papaya, and strawberries. Dried pineapple is a popular choice with rabbits, but should only be offered once in a while. Never give your bunny cookies, candy, or chocolate. Please contact us, your Bowmanville, ON hospital, for more bunny care tips. We’re always hoppy to help!

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