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        03-01-2011, 11:34 AM
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    Foal
    Rabbit - help

    I have a rabbit. She is about six. I don't know what breed she is, grey ears; grey patch over one eye and grey spot on back. Not a lop, quite small. Just wondered, she seems uninterested in her food. She doesn't drink much either. She seems healthy. I feed her normal rabbit food and sometimes dandelion leaves and clover; cauliflower leaves and carrots sometimes. Anything I should be doing? Why isn't she eating much? She does EAT, by the way.
         
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        03-01-2011, 08:28 PM
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    Foal
    I don't know a huge amount about rabbits, but I would check for snuffles, or a cold. Rabbits are really good at hiding the fact they are sick and wipe their nose and eyes in the arm pits in a since. So look under her front legs for discoloration from wiping. There is always a possibility of parasites if your feeding her anything from outside (leaves and clover) in that case you might want to talk to your vet. Even with holding any greens as they might up set her stomach, and wait until she's eating her pellets (if that is what you feed).
         
        03-01-2011, 10:07 PM
      #3
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by EquineLover    
    I have a rabbit. She is about six. I don't know what breed she is, grey ears; grey patch over one eye and grey spot on back. Not a lop, quite small. Just wondered, she seems uninterested in her food. She doesn't drink much either. She seems healthy. I feed her normal rabbit food and sometimes dandelion leaves and clover; cauliflower leaves and carrots sometimes. Anything I should be doing? Why isn't she eating much? She does EAT, by the way.
    Have you had her all 6 years? I am a bit shocked....rabbits require 3 veggies DAILY..... my guys get lettuce daily along with 2 other veggies that are mixed up each day; carrots, broccoli, parsley, bell pepper, cilantro, etc....They also need fresh hay daily.....Their diet should be mainly hay with about 1/4 cup of pellets.
         
        03-02-2011, 07:30 AM
      #4
    Foal
    Pawzaddict is right if the rabbit isn't having hay it won't be able to wear down it's teeth, maybe that is what is causing her trouble.
         
        03-02-2011, 11:47 AM
      #5
    Foal
    Oh, forgot to say, I feed her hay, yes. About the cold, I have checked she is healthy - she is. And I don't feed her veggies everyday, it gave her dirreheoa last last :)
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        03-02-2011, 11:59 AM
      #6
    Foal
    Might have to find a vet that will look at rabbits, she might have worms as there are a few out there that would make her not want to eat or drink very much like rabbit tapeworms usually they get it from being feed grass or leaves from where dogs are or wild rabbits are found. Even if they around house cats there is a chance for transmitted worms. Does she have a bloated or hard belly? Hopefully she gets well soon she isn't very old.
         
        03-02-2011, 08:17 PM
      #7
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by EquineLover    
    Oh, forgot to say, I feed her hay, yes. About the cold, I have checked she is healthy - she is. And I don't feed her veggies everyday, it gave her dirreheoa last last :)
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    What veggies were you giving her? It really is crucial they get veggies....
         
        03-03-2011, 06:45 PM
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    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by pawzaddict    
    Have you had her all 6 years? I am a bit shocked....rabbits require 3 veggies DAILY..... my guys get lettuce daily along with 2 other veggies that are mixed up each day; carrots, broccoli, parsley, bell pepper, cilantro, etc....They also need fresh hay daily.....Their diet should be mainly hay with about 1/4 cup of pellets.
    Um...no. They don't REQUIRE veggies daily, not even at all. Some people chose to feed veggies, some don't. ;) My rabbits RARELY get veggies...they are given as treats only because they are so high in sugar, especially carrots & apples. They do fine without veggies. ;)

    OP - How much are you feeding her? Unlimited amount? If so, that could be why she isn't eating a lot, it could be too much for her. How much does she weigh?

    Emily
         
        03-03-2011, 07:09 PM
      #9
    Green Broke
    Exactly WesternJake, I've had rabbits off and on my whole life and gave veggies mainly as a treat. They did have hay and pellets, and chew sticks regularly. And have lived to old age with no health problems at all. I did usually let them out to graze a couple times a week for a bit when the weather was nice, so they got fresh air and green grass.

    How long has this been going on? Could she be constipated? I agree that her teeth may be giving her issue if they aren't wearing down enough.
         
        03-04-2011, 12:17 AM
      #10
    Foal
    All the research I have done, sites I have read, and breeders I have talked to and read websites of all say rabbits should have daily veggies :)
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