Recommendations of Lachine veterinay clinic about rabbits nutrition.
Rabbits have a delicate digestive system and unique dentition, so be sure to provide them with a healthy and balanced diet starting at a very young age. This will greatly help to prevent certain health problems such as urinary stones and dental and digestive problems. Here’s what the veterinarians Lachine veterinary clinic recommends:
A good quality hay should be offered at will. In addition to being an excellent source of fiber, which is essential to good digestive health, hay allows the rabbit’s teeth to wear properly. Remember to avoid sticks and branches of apple trees. Prefer millet hay and oat hay to alfalfa because they are lower in calories and calcium. Excess calcium can cause kidney and urinary problems (sand, pebbles and even calculations).
You can offer your pet a rich quality of fiber molded pellets (25%), but in small quantities:
-For dwarf rabbits, you can offer them two ounces per day (60 ml).
-For standard rabbits, you can offer them 3-4 ounces per day (90-120 ml).
The rabbitt pellets are usually composed of extruded hay, which means that if your rabbit eats hay of good quality and quantity,pellets can be excluded from the diet. Avoid any mixture of grains, dried fruits and colored grains.
Give your rabbit a variety of vegetables daily. Vegetables such as romaine, Boston lettuce, bok choy, endive, parsley, herbs, heads carrots, dandelion, watercress, etc. Spinach should be given in small quantities given its high content of calcium. Same thing for broccoli. As for fruits, the amount of fruit given should be very limited and occasional (1-2 times per week). As treats, you can give blueberries, bananas, strawberries, apples and raspberries.
Avoid dairy treats ,dairy based supplements ,vitamins and minerals.
The veterinarians of Lachine veterinary clinic reminds you that any changes to your pet’s diet must be done very gradually. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.