Have you recently adopted a bunny? Congratulations! Just like any other animal, bunnies need proper nutrition in order to thrive. Fresh grass hay, such as Timothy hay, should make up the bulk of your rabbit’s diet. However, Floppy does need other foods as well. A Downingtown, PA vet lists some safe and unsafe options below.
Floppy should have veggies every day. Celery, endive, dark lettuce, Swiss chard, zucchini, and yellow squash are all fine. Some veggies should only be given occasionally. This list includes broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, kale, cauliflower, spinach, and mustard greens. In many cases, only part of the plant is edible. This is the case with nightshades, such as eggplants and tomatoes: the flesh is fine, but the leaves are toxic. As for dangerous veggies, that list includes potatoes, figs, garlic, beans, onions, scallions, chives, leeks, mushrooms, avocadoes, corn, rhubarb, parsnips, and peas.
Bunnies love chewing on wood and roots. Apple, blackberry, lime, pear, raspberry, hazelnuts, and raspberry branches are all fine. Poplar, birch, hawthorn, maple, spruce, and willow are also safe. Don’t give Floppy any hard woods, such as pine or cedar.
Many herbs are safe for Floppy. Chamomile, caraway, clover, chervil, comfrey, coriander/cilantro, dill, fennel, lemon balm, marjoram, mint, basil, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, and thyme are all fine.
Did you know that bunnies can develop intestinal issues if they consume too many carbs? Never give Floppy crackers, bread, biscuits, rice, sugary cereals, cake, or oats. Dairy products are also unsafe.
Floppy can have small amounts of fruit, though you don’t want to overindulge her sweet tooth. Some safe options are apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, cucumbers, grapes, kiwis, mangos, melons, peaches, pears, plums, pineapples, raspberries, strawberries, and watermelons. Rabbits can also have the fleshy parts of oranges, nectarines, and tangerines. Only offer bunnies fresh, ripe fruits that have had all seeds, pits, and pips removed.
Many popular plants are toxic to bunnies. Some of the more dangerous ones include ferns, daffodils, tulips, poppies, iris, honeysuckle, and spearmint.
This is just a partial list of safe and unsafe options. There are many more! Always research new foods before giving them to Floppy. Also, ask your vet for specific nutritional advice.
Do you have questions about your rabbit’s diet? Contact us, your Downingtown, PA vet clinic, today!