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I appreciate your comment, and while it's true that bitter almonds ARE toxic to many animals, the domesticated almonds we eat on a normal basis are not a threat. I think the House Rabbit society put it on there as a "catch all" just in case. They tend to error on the side of caution in a lot of things.
Also, considering my almond slices are almost gone (I have a tendency to eat them while I'm training...LOL), I just won't buy more and will stick to the arguably healthier papaya and dehydrated banana treats I have for training.
This thread has gone all over the place but I wanted to add 2 things:
1. I know the feeling on having a bun that hates (HATES!) traveling. It is SO stressful to my bun and she is seriously shaken up and anxious/seems sick/not herself for at least a day or two after a car ride. So I completely support your decision not to take them anymore. It's hard. I get ya. I know you were in a bind with the someone to check on them thing - even though I know we all have our pets best interests at heart (I mean we are taking the times out of our day to post on a bun forum after all!) sometimes we have to make the best out of a tough situation - so props. I would have been so stressed the entire weekend. I'm glad you have someone to check on them now.
Yeah I'm not sure what happened to my thread...but you know online forums, you post one thing and it seems like everything else you're doing gets called into question as well. I've been part of the pet forum community for several years now so I'm used to it, haha.
Thanks for the support! And that's really interesting about almonds. I know they aren't in a shell or hull and are in a kernel instead, so maybe that's one thing that separates them from the nut family.
Nope, I didn't. I figured there was going to be some research done when I asked why they're considered toxic. I'm actually in the middle of my chemistry rotation at a hospital (where I actually DO toxicology analysis everyday) becoming a medical lab scientist, so I was legitimately curious. I know that things like obesity and fatty liver take a long time to develop, and because the amount I was feeding was so little the risks were minute. It's like saying drinking one beer a day is definitely going to cause cirrhosis of your liver or something, which isn't true.
I've learned to take everything with a grain of salt, so no worries!