Best Vegetables For A Rabbit's Diet

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QuestionCan my rabbit eat a radish? (Ashley - Georgia)

Answer

Vegetables are essential to the health of rabbits and at least two cups of three different vegetables per 3 kg of body weight should be fed to a rabbit every day. A wide variety of vegetables will result in the healthiest rabbit; preferably a combination of dark green vegetables and a root vegetables. Stay away from beans or rhubarb, as they can cause the rabbit to become sick. Additionally, it is wise to select vegetables that are high in vitamins, especially A.

To ensure that the rabbit can tolerate a specific vegetable, add one vegetable at a time to its diet. If the rabbit suffers from any adverse reactions, such as loose stools, then discontinue use of the new vegetable immediately. Radish tops are indeed enjoyed by many rabbits and are considered as a healthy part of their diet.

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Do not feed parsnips to your rabbit. They are root vegetables, but they can be harmful. Stick to carrots & potatoes!