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    I wondered what others thought of what I was told by a vet yesterday. They reckon all rabbit pellets are the same, including Pro-fibre, and there are none that have a higher fibre content or are better for buns since they are all made from hay.

    Do you agree, or do you think some pellets are better than others?
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    Quote Originally Posted by weedug View Post
    I wondered what others thought of what I was told by a vet yesterday. They reckon all rabbit pellets are the same, including Pro-fibre, and there are none that have a higher fibre content or are better for buns since they are all made from hay.

    Do you agree, or do you think some pellets are better than others?
    Surely it's the ratio of hay to other ingredients such as binders that determines the Fibre content. Some pellets have a higher hay to other ingredients ration than others so I cant see how they are all the same

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack's-Jane View Post
    Surely it's the ratio of hay to other ingredients such as binders that determines the Fibre content. Some pellets have a higher hay to other ingredients ration than others so I cant see how they are all the same

    Was it a D1ck Vet who told you that ?
    Yes it was Jane. One of the guys that I really don't get on with. I was thinking that maybe I misunderstood what the different pellets were. I was going to change Bailey to Oxbow Bunny Basics because I believed it was a better pellet, but he says not. And the pro-fibre has a high fibre listed on the ingredients, so I thought it was good too.

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    I cant really shed any light on why he may have said that


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    Am I just being naive here, what is a D1ck Vet?

    Also I think that complete nonsense, of course some have a higher fibre content etc etc. They couldn't put it on the packaging and then completely lie about it could they!? x


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    Nope, he's wrong. I know he's a vet, but vets can be misguided too. You just need to look at the ingredients to see that they are very different. And the crude fibre content in rabbit pellets varies between 14 and 32%, that's a huge difference.

    Of course, there is the argument that if you only feed a little pellets that it shouldn't make too much difference to a healthy bunny with a hay-rich diet, but that still doesn't mean that they are all the same, and I think it's worth paying a little more and doing research to get a decent brand with a high fibre content.

    Also, if it's protexin Profibre pellets you're talking about, they're not really the same as normal rabbit pellets, they don't have all the added vitamins in, so I wouldn't recommend replacing normal pellets with them completely unless you have a specific reason to and bunny has a varied diet of greens etc daily to get the vitamins from. They're designed to be more of a supplement. ETA: The crude fibre is 19% and the dietary fibre is 46% - crude fibre is what is measured as fibre in other rabbit foods. I personally think pro-fibre pellets are more beneficial due to the pre and probiotics in them, rather than the fibre content, but probiotics are controversial in rabbit-medicine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarah1991 View Post
    Am I just being naive here, what is a D1ck Vet?

    Also I think that complete nonsense, of course some have a higher fibre content etc etc. They couldn't put it on the packaging and then completely lie about it could they!? x
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarah1991 View Post
    Am I just being naive here, what is a D1ck Vet?

    Also I think that complete nonsense, of course some have a higher fibre content etc etc. They couldn't put it on the packaging and then completely lie about it could they!? x
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    i think he's wrong about them all being the same. how can they be? they have different ingredients and ratios.
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    Haha! Ooooooohhh! Right *facepalm* I am SO dim!


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