Last Post by Stitchntwinks at 9/17/2012 10:40 PM (9 Replies)
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User is Offline Stitchntwinks
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9/13/2012 10:20 AM

So I took the buns to the vets today just for a check up, and the vet says because stitch is tiny and sometimes has runny poos, I need to have increased amounts of fibre in his diet, anyone got any ideas what else I can give besides pellets, hay straw etc ive been told to leave off the veggies for a while, any help would be fab! 

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9/13/2012 10:34 AM
I would suggest checking out the fiber content in your pellets and hay. Some kinds are better than others, ie timothy hay has more fiber than many other kinds. When my bun goes into stasis, I up his fiber content by taking away all the wood chew toys he loves and replacing them with chewable hay toys, so when he gets bored, he is getting a little more fiber by playing with his hay hut, etc. I also give him kale, which is high in fiber. Why did the vet say no veggies?

User is Offline Stitchntwinks
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9/13/2012 10:39 AM
Ok thanks for that, I'm not sure really didn't ask, one of those things you think about after, not forever, just for a couple days, never heard of kale, what is it?

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9/13/2012 11:17 AM
It is a veggie that is in the cabbage family. I hate it, but my buns thinks it is GREAT!

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9/13/2012 8:04 PM

Good advice about checking the fiber content of your pellets and hay.   What type of hay do you have. Most hays are fine with fiber content, but alfalfa is one that can be too rich for adults.  How old is your bunny?   Also, if you decide to introduce greens back in again, I dandelion greens and parsley are also high in fiber. Kale is okay, but I am not sure I would introduce a green from the cabbage family in first since your bunny is having digestive issues. 

What greens do they normally get?

User is Offline Stitchntwinks
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9/14/2012 10:52 AM
They normally get apples carrots broccoli parsley,etc,they have normal pets at home hay and some Timothy hay too, stitch is about 2 ish

User is Offline Aylnine
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9/14/2012 3:37 PM

My vet recommends cutting down on the sugary treat foods (so less apples and carrots, and only about a thumb size TOTAL of treat per day). I believe broccoli is not good for rabbits either, but I would recommend cutting them all out for now. If you feed them pellets I would cut that to about 1/8 cup per day each. Make sure their diet is pretty much 99% hay, and timothy hay is best.

When Stitch's poos start looking more normal again, you can try to slowly reintroduce vegetables just like you would a teenage rabbit (1/2 oz per day, new veg every 3 days, monitor the poo). If they start looking runnier then you'll know which veg is causing him trouble.

User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
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9/14/2012 4:37 PM
More greens-apples, carrots, broccoli are great, but you need leafy greens. Hay is most important, feel free to mix types, and even add alfalfa or bunny potpurri to make it more desirable, but hay should be the main bulk of the diet. Pellets should be almost a treat-very small amounts. I would cut back the bulky veggies-apple, carrot, broccoli, and add proper leafy greens-romaine, spinach, baby spring mix etc. Your mostly on the right track though good job!

User is Offline zoologist
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9/14/2012 6:33 PM
To make it easy on myself I buy the bagged spring mix at the grocery store. It has all different types of lettuce and spinach so I know he's getting a good mix. When I first got tofu I thought apples, carrots, and celery were good veggies! Now he gets spring mix, kale, and parsley instead


User is Offline Stitchntwinks
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9/17/2012 10:40 PM
Thanks everyone, he hasn't had many pellets just mostly hay etc and his poos are back to normal and so is his bum yeyy