Poisonous food and plants for rabbits

In the wild, rabbits can spend hours grazing in fields and open grasslands.

Rabbits also reach for forage along native hedgerows. Forage is a great way of providing a healthy diet for your rabbit. It’s also a great way of practising mindfulness for yourself. To help your rabbits live a long and healthy life, their diet should be as natural and varied as possible. You should also make sure you know which poisonous food and plants to avoid.

Rabbit foods to watch out for

  • Lettuce and many fruits are the most common cause for loose faeces in rabbits – and have limited nutritional value.
  • Carrots are ok in small amounts, but are extremely fattening.
  • Pet shop treats such as yoghurt drops, chew bars etc are very fattening and can contribute to poor dental health.
  • Avocado
  • Potatoes

It’s important to note that you should avoid all muesli-style feeds, because it’s been proven they’re one of the most common causes of fatal dental and digestive disease. Watch out for all those colourful treats you see in pet shops, as well as sticky honey based treats, salt licks and mineral blocks. These can all be harmful to your rabbit, and there’s lots of quality food you can feed your rabbit, ensuring they have a good, natural diet.

Plants to watch out for

  • Ragwort
  • Ivy
  • Privet
  • Holly
  • Yew
  • Hemlock
  • Wild garlic
  • Lords and ladies – common in damp or woody areas.
  • Any plants with bulbs
  • Buttercup leaves and flowers can cause extreme discomfort and in some cases be fatal
  • Foxglove
  • Nightshade
  • House plants such as the spider and rubber plant

Remember: if you go out foraging, take a plant ID or forage book with you so you don’t pick dangerous plants

Looking for more advice?

If you are concerned about your rabbits’ health, or have any other questions about your pet, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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