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I took Luna for her first vet visit last week. She checked out with a clean bill of health (yay!) and before I left the vet gave me some diet recommendations. Namely that I reduce/eliminate her pellets, start giving her veggies, and switch her to Timothy hay. This would all make sense to me if my bunny wasn't so young. Luna is just over 7 weeks old (I got her at 6 weeks, and yes I know that is quite young but it's a long story) and checks in at around 0.74 kg (~1.6 lb). Everything I have read so far says that a rabbit that young should have access to unlimited pellets (I'm feeding her the oxbow alfalfa pellets for young rabbits) and alfalfa hay. I have no problem switching her diet up but am just worried if it is too soon since this recommendation is contrary to what I have read elsewhere, and because she is still pretty young.
Good suggestion! I probably could. I asked a ton of questions during the appointment about other things but got the vibe he doesn't like to be questioned. I didn't ask about diet though, I think I got to intimidated at that point. I figured I would do some more reading on the subject and then call him back within the next day or two with a bunch of info and sources of my own, this way he might take me more seriously.
Edit: I thought on it and I did ask my vet at the time about his recommendation. He said that pellets and alfalfa hay were too rich and I should wean her off of them and on to a mostly veggie diet. I agree completely, my previous bunny was on a 95% veggie diet. I am aware that pellets and alfalfa are rich, higher in protein, etc, but I thought this was needed for young rabbit growth..
Posted By LittlePuffyTail on 09/25/2012 04:22 AM
If it were me, I would feed the diet recommended by the House Rabbit Society (the link Mimzy posted). Most people eventually switch young bunnies from unlimited alfalfa pellets to a controlled amount of Timothy pellets. Switching pellets must be done very gradually.
I suggest you look for another vet. You want a vet you feel comfortable discussing things with and his diet recommendations make me question his rabbit knowledge.
I agree with this point completely. You definitely need to be comfortable with your vet (any doctor actually!) and if you don't feel like you can ask questions or inquire about alternatives, this may not be a beneficial working relationship for your rabbit.
I also recommend following the HRS guidelines. When your bun is full-grown, limit the pellets, or look into a pellet-free diet, but for now, the extra nutrients are very important. Veggies can be started now, in a limited quantity, and introduced slowly over several days.