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Can rabbits eat dandelions? Good or Harmful

Can rabbits eat dandelions? Good or Harmful

The answer is yes. The dandelion is rich in fibers, and the fibers are a fundamental component power of the rabbit. The three fundamental elements for proper nutrition are hay, quality pellets, and fresh vegetables.

Are dandelions healthy for the rabbit?

The answer is still yes. Dandelions are very nutritious, they contain more beta-carotene than carrots, more iron than spinach, and more potassium than bananas. The plant also contains many vitamins – B1, B2, B5, B6, B12, C, E, and D, as well as biotin, inositol, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc.

In addition to being rich in nutrients, dandelions are very popular with rabbits. This plant also promotes the correct functioning of the rabbit’s delicate digestive system and guarantees the health of the respiratory system; in general, dandelion benefits the whole body of our little friends. It is also recommended for reducing stress and preventing osteoporosis.

Vegetables should be introduced into the rabbit’s diet around 12 weeks of age; It is good to remember that new foods for the rabbit should always be given in small quantities, in order to ensure that there are no reactions or side effects.

Once you have introduced the dandelion, check that there are no problems such as diarrhea and, should it happen, eliminate it from the diet. However, it rarely causes diarrhea in rabbits.

However, make sure that the grass you feed your little friend has not come into contact with chemicals such as herbicides or fertilizers.

Tips for feeding your rabbit 

Rabbits, like any other animal, need to always have fresh water available. If your rabbit has a cage, you can place a special bottle or bowl in it. Remember to clean these containers regularly, so that the rabbit always has fresh, clean water available.

If you think your rabbit is not drinking enough, you can leave the vegetables slightly moist when you offer them. Avoid foods rich in sugar, such as fruit: use them as reward snacks and offer them from time to time. When feeding your rabbit fruit, remember to remove any seeds and stones!

If you shop for food, make sure they are free of pesticides or chemicals. Refrain from buying products of dubious quality.

Remember: when in doubt … it’s best to avoid! or ask your vet

This article is purely informative, at Shelterapet we do not have the right to prescribe veterinary treatments or make any type of diagnosis. We encourage you to take your pet to the vet in case of any kind of discomfort.

Written by Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, canine behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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