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    Hey i was wondering if anyone could share their opinions on me replacing my male rabbits daily pellets with a mix of store bought forage due to him almost choking the other day and having minor stomach upsets. He'd still be given fresh vegetables everyday as well but i'm just wondering if the forage could be a little extra for him, or if anyone could offer any alternatives to the forage idea that would be appreciated too

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    Quote Originally Posted by SecretlyDying View Post
    Hey i was wondering if anyone could share their opinions on me replacing my male rabbits daily pellets with a mix of store bought forage due to him almost choking the other day and having minor stomach upsets. He'd still be given fresh vegetables everyday as well but i'm just wondering if the forage could be a little extra for him, or if anyone could offer any alternatives to the forage idea that would be appreciated too
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    Quote Originally Posted by SecretlyDying View Post
    Hey i was wondering if anyone could share their opinions on me replacing my male rabbits daily pellets with a mix of store bought forage due to him almost choking the other day and having minor stomach upsets. He'd still be given fresh vegetables everyday as well but i'm just wondering if the forage could be a little extra for him, or if anyone could offer any alternatives to the forage idea that would be appreciated too

    Hi there

    I have had rabbits on a pellet free diet, and in some cases it's a good thing. However, I wouldn't advocate it in every case, dependent on age and health status of the rabbit. And of course rabbits get vitamin D from their pellets which can be deficient otherwise.

    There is some info on diet here:

    http://www.therabbithouse.com/diet/

    https://www.harcourt-brown.co.uk/art...t-rabbits/view

    These two articles are written by Tamsin (our site owner) and Frances Harcourt Brown (a retired specialist rabbit vet) so I would certainly feel confident going by their advice


    Can I ask why you prefer to feed him without pellets?
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    There's a lot to choose from! Could you give us some idea as to the quantity you would recommend per rabbit per day, please Jane?

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    Thank you so much for all these links they're certainly going to come in handy! 😄

    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMax View Post
    Hi there

    I have had rabbits on a pellet free diet, and in some cases it's a good thing. However, I wouldn't advocate it in every case, dependent on age and health status of the rabbit. And of course rabbits get vitamin D from their pellets which can be deficient otherwise.

    There is some info on diet here:

    http://www.therabbithouse.com/diet/

    https://www.harcourt-brown.co.uk/art...t-rabbits/view

    These two articles are written by Tamsin (our site owner) and Frances Harcourt Brown (a retired specialist rabbit vet) so I would certainly feel confident going by their advice


    Can I ask why you prefer to feed him without pellets?
    Thank you as well for the links and I know a pellet free diet is sometimes not recommended for certain reasons but I feel it is the best course of action as my rabbit started choking the other day and it was quite serious, I believe he may have done it previously also and racked up over £300 in vet bills because of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SecretlyDying View Post
    Thank you so much for all these links they're certainly going to come in handy! ��



    Thank you as well for the links and I know a pellet free diet is sometimes not recommended for certain reasons but I feel it is the best course of action as my rabbit started choking the other day and it was quite serious, I believe he may have done it previously also and racked up over £300 in vet bills because of it.
    Which food was he eating at the time as a few members have had this problem, I think it was SS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonibun View Post
    Which food was he eating at the time as a few members have had this problem, I think it was SS.
    He was eating the adult science selective pellets which he'd had for years without any problems until now

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    Quote Originally Posted by SecretlyDying View Post
    He was eating the adult science selective pellets which he'd had for years without any problems until now
    Oh dear............

    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...ighlight=choke



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    Personally I use the excel pellets because when I was looking for a food I thought the SS ones were too big and was worried about the possibility of chocking

    Maybe try a different brand that's much smaller before you give up on pellets all together? or use the Fibafirst sticks xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack's-Jane View Post
    Thank you for the link to this thread i had no idea that SS pellets have been a common source of choking in rabbits we've used them for years now and my other 2 buns eat them with no problems but this is certainty something i will look into and consider changing the food.

    Quote Originally Posted by Graciee View Post
    Personally I use the excel pellets because when I was looking for a food I thought the SS ones were too big and was worried about the possibility of chocking

    Maybe try a different brand that's much smaller before you give up on pellets all together? or use the Fibafirst sticks xx

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    Thank you too for your help i think i will do just that, ive used the fibafirst sticks before and they went down well so i might pick up a box to use while i consider other otpions.

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