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    I do find that the younger the rabbit, the easier it is to maintain weight on a pellet free diet. They seem to be able to extract so many more nutrients from what they are eating, and I am always amazed at the weight they put on.

    One of my young rabbits gets only a scant teaspoon of pellets a day and he's still a bruiser

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMax View Post
    I do find that the younger the rabbit, the easier it is to maintain weight on a pellet free diet. They seem to be able to extract so many more nutrients from what they are eating, and I am always amazed at the weight they put on.

    One of my young rabbits gets only a scant teaspoon of pellets a day and he's still a bruiser
    I was pretty amazed when I took him in for a health check the other day. I was worried he had lost some more but he was exactly the same weight as he was back in April. And so is Hiro who is mostly pellet free now too. We do sneak him a few here and there though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Button View Post
    I was really hoping it would work out, He is munching on loads of hay right now hopefully he will feel better by the morning. I feel so sorry for him! Poor boy. I'm going to book him in with the vet, and see what she says. I'd like to know what is causing it but I don't think it's fair on him to go through the lengthy tests and trial and errors to find out, I would rather avoid giving pellets and supliment where needed.
    Thank you for the links, I will check them out.

    Is your pellet free bun bonded?
    My Rabbit with a chronic gut problem has been on a pellet free diet since he was about 9 months of age. He is now 3 and a half. When he first had to go pellet free it was a struggle for him to maintain his weight. On the advice of an Exotics Specialist Vet we added a prebiotic supplement to his diet, Avipro Plus. This does not contain any probiotics. The idea of giving a prebiotic is that prebiotics are not destroyed by gastric enzymes (unlike probiotics) and prebiotics can aid the absorption of dietary nutrients. Despite much criticism from some I have kept him on Avipro Plus longterm and he is doing really well with maintaining a good weight. You may want to ask your Vet about giving it a go for Hoggle

    https://www.viovet.co.uk/Vetark_Avipro_Plus/c1441/

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    Quote Originally Posted by roxyroller88 View Post
    I was pretty amazed when I took him in for a health check the other day. I was worried he had lost some more but he was exactly the same weight as he was back in April. And so is Hiro who is mostly pellet free now too. We do sneak him a few here and there though!

    Yes it's amazing isn't it?

    Button, as I mentioned back in post 17, and in my very first post to you, have you asked the vet about a probiotic? Avipro that I mentioned also contains a prebiotic, which will help establish good gut bacteria. The other one you could try, which is specifically made for rabbits is Bio Lapis.

    I hop you find a solution to the sensitive tummy problem. I had this with a rabbit, and we cracked it in the end, but it's sometimes a matter of trial and error

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    I must say I learned a lot from this thread. Ive been worried with my bunnies' diet as well.

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    Just wanted to say how cute your bunny is and I hope you get his diet sorted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bounderby9 View Post
    I must say I learned a lot from this thread. Ive been worried with my bunnies' diet as well.

    You could begin another thread?

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