A few days ago, we published news that the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in the U.K. had a new campaign to encourage rabbit owners to feed lots of hay to their bunnies. In the article, we referenced a recommendation from the House Rabbit Society that adult rabbits should be fed a cup of fresh greens for every two pounds of body weight. But what kind of greens are good for rabbits?
Embedded below is an excellent video produced by Medirabbit.com that gives very specific details about which vegetables are good for rabbits and which ones are not recommended. It also goes into the vegetables that may be OK to feed in limited quantities but should not be given in large amounts because they may create gas.
Another excellent feature about this video is that it discusses in depth the problem of a rabbit having gas, the symptoms to watch for and the treatments you can give in case your rabbit does have gas in his or her digestive system.
Finally, although dandelion greens and endive may be good for rabbits, and broccoli and cauliflower may in general give bunnies gas, it is important to understand that just as different rabbits have different personalities, so different rabbits may have different likes and dislikes when it comes to their diets.
If a rabbit owner is interested in feeding something new and different to their long-eared friend, they are urged to follow the advice given in the video and introduce new food items gradually. Only feed a small amount and then wait a day and observe whether the new veggie had a negative effect on the digestive system before feeding any more of that food.
Hoppington Post is also happy to provide clickable links below to all of the resources mentioned at the end of the video.
Photo courtesy House Rabbit Society