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    Young Bun MyThreeBunnies's Avatar
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    Default Is brown bread really bad for rabbits?

    Hi
    Does anyone know if brown/rye bread is really bad for bunnies even in small doses?

    I thought I might have read somewhere that you shouldnt feed bunnies bread?

    My buns have a staple diet of bunny pellets and hay, but as a treat they just LOVE half a slice of rye or dark brown bread each day.

    I havent noticed any bad effects in their digestions as a result. Do you think I should stop doing it? The bunnies just go crazy with happiness when I come up to them with a slice of it! My bunnies are in good shape and health, shiny fur and not over or under weight.

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    Hi I give my bunnies wholemeal toast and have had no adverse reaction.As long as your bunnies are eating their hey and not geting to fat toast is fine as a treat

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    I've given floppy the occasional wholemeal toast, not burnt, as a treat, it did say it was ok in my RSPCA hand book

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    brown bread is better than white bread for rabbits, same like humans. The bread should be hard. I usually let the slice of bread be out for a while to turn hard. This is also good for bunnies teeth too! However dont give too much, as it is a carbohydrate and it off sets the calcium to phosphorus ratio. My vet said one slice a week is fine. I trust my vet completley, she is a rabbit exotic pet specialist. So as a treat is fine.

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    no bread white or brown should be given to rabbits who are strict herbivore.. cereals contain starch and other nutriments no good for rabbits whom at terms get digestive problems if not dental problems...

    Rabbit diet should contains plenty of hay 24 h a day, which is the key food for transit and dental care, fresh greens and vegetables, selective pellets, an occasional slice of fruit as a treat. Avoid industrial treats (with lots of sugar, carbon hydrate, starch) to keep a healthy rabbit when it gets old..
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    I used to give a baked slice of wholemeal bread 2-3times a week for Will and she lived to a ripe old age.It was a good dental work out.I wouldn't give it every day though,probably just once or twice a week.White bread and seasoned bread isnt supposed to be good for them though.

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    I was encouraged yesterday to give my buns stale dark brown bread by my vet, she said not to give the white sliced bread, but to get the darker breads sold on the continent and let it go very stale, apparently its brill for buns teeth!

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    thanks for your advice everyone!
    I only give them dark brown, spelt or rye bread. I agree white bread would be a bit dodgy for a bunny's digestion.

    My bunnies get all excited clamber over me every time I come near now in the hope of a bite of bread! even my girl bunny has stopped being grumpy towards me...which is quite amazing

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    I got my girls some dark wholemeal with sunflower seeds etc from the Co OP reduced to 10p!

    They are having some for breakfast and lovin it, I can hear them munching it and they seem to be loving it!

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    I would not personally feed bread because of the salt content. You would be amazed at how much salt is in a slice of bread. Im sure as a treat it would be fine but I wouldn't daily.
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