While there is some disagreement on whether or not lettuce is okay to feed rabbits, it’s not worth the risk. Some varieties contain a compound called lactucarium, which can cause severe diarrhea and dehydration in rabbits. Plus, lettuce—especially iceberg—is mostly water, so it has no real nutritional value for your pet. A rabbit that isn’t used to lettuce in the diet is at risk for diarrhea and other health problems, so keep lettuce to an absolute minimum. Contact your vet to get more information on this issue.
Foods High in Carbs
Foods that have a lot of carbohydrates—grains, bread, potatoes, corn, nuts, beans, cookies—are no good for rabbits. A rabbit’s digestive system can’t digest the hulls of corn kernels, and other high-carb foods simply don’t have any nutrition. It’s just adding fat to your rabbit’s diet, potentially contributing to obesity.
Cabbage, Cauliflower, and Parsnips
Avoid giving your rabbit cabbage and cabbage-related foods, cauliflower, and parsnips. Broccoli should be okay in small amounts, but check with your veterinarian to make sure. Also avoid Pennyroyal mint at all costs; it will prove very toxic!
Weeds and Plants
If your rabbit roams around in your yard or garden, you must be cautious of weeds, plants, and flowers as well. There’s a large list of potential offenders, including but not limited to daffodils, ivy, tulips, foxglove, buttercups, honeysuckle, clover, bluebells, iris, and hemlock. Keep a close eye on your rabbit if you let them outside, and don’t let them get anywhere near any weeds or flowers. Keep your veterinarian’s number on hand to call in the event of an emergency.
Your veterinarian in Phoenix is here to help with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your rabbit’s diet. Give him or her a call today!