Poisonous food and plants for rabbits

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

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

They also reach for forage along native hedgerows. To help your rabbits live a long and healthy life, their diet should be as natural and varied as possible. Forage is a great way of providing a healthy diet for your rabbit and it’s also a great way of practising mindfulness for yourself. 

Food 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 all muesli-style feeds should be avoided 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