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    I was wondering if they are any good? Is there any that are recommended? Iíve seen some oxbow ones when doing some googling.
    Found out completely by chance that one of my rabbits has a very arthritic knee. He has never shown any signs of any trouble with his legs and heís only 2. It was found out when being x-rayed for something else. Really wasnít expecting it at all, he has no issues running around like a loon!


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    I rate them (the Oxbow ones). Mousey has bad mobility & arthritis (she is on metacam too) - I'd had her on these perhaps 2 years then couldn't get any before Christmas & she deteriorated markedly. Obviously I can't know it was the lack of joint support tabs that caused it but it seems most likely. I've recently started my other 2 bunnies on them as a preventative - they move well but are getting on so I'm hoping they might guard against future joint probs & arthritic pain

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    Thanks J&B, Iíll give them a go and see what he thinks.
    Despite him not showing signs of being arthritic if itís as bad as it looked in the X-ray he must be in some discomfort with it. Heís on metacam too at the mo after his episode on Wednesday.

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    I'm looking at this at the moment - to feed 2 giants I think Oxbow is going to be pretty expensive, so I'm looking at the equine supplements (strictly the vegetarian ones, I don't agree with giving horses animal products so I'm certainly not giving it to buns!) and then scaling the dose down. Will have a chat with my vet, but I did wonder if anyone had done this and had a suggestion?
    This is my current leader, just need to work out the dosage from the ingredients list compared to Oxbow https://www.viovet.co.uk/GWF-Nutriti...-Horses/c9107/

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    I used to give them to my bridge bun Teddy for the stiffness he got through having head tilt and it made a big difference to him. Going to start giving it as a preventative measure soon as Lilac is nearly 7, just need to get round to buying it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dollyanna View Post
    I'm looking at this at the moment - to feed 2 giants I think Oxbow is going to be pretty expensive, so I'm looking at the equine supplements (strictly the vegetarian ones, I don't agree with giving horses animal products so I'm certainly not giving it to buns!) and then scaling the dose down. Will have a chat with my vet, but I did wonder if anyone had done this and had a suggestion?
    This is my current leader, just need to work out the dosage from the ingredients list compared to Oxbow https://www.viovet.co.uk/GWF-Nutriti...-Horses/c9107/
    Never used it myself but def worth speaking with your Vet about it


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    Quote Originally Posted by dollyanna View Post
    I'm looking at this at the moment - to feed 2 giants I think Oxbow is going to be pretty expensive, so I'm looking at the equine supplements (strictly the vegetarian ones, I don't agree with giving horses animal products so I'm certainly not giving it to buns!) and then scaling the dose down. Will have a chat with my vet, but I did wonder if anyone had done this and had a suggestion?
    This is my current leader, just need to work out the dosage from the ingredients list compared to Oxbow https://www.viovet.co.uk/GWF-Nutriti...-Horses/c9107/

    Good idea to talk to the vet about it. My dogs are on the equivalent of yumove given in a couple of different supplements meant for humans! Works out much cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dollyanna View Post
    I'm looking at this at the moment - to feed 2 giants I think Oxbow is going to be pretty expensive, so I'm looking at the equine supplements (strictly the vegetarian ones, I don't agree with giving horses animal products so I'm certainly not giving it to buns!) and then scaling the dose down. Will have a chat with my vet, but I did wonder if anyone had done this and had a suggestion?
    This is my current leader, just need to work out the dosage from the ingredients list compared to Oxbow https://www.viovet.co.uk/GWF-Nutriti...-Horses/c9107/
    You'd have liked my lockdown vet (new vet at usual practice). He liked talking about the similarites between rabbits & horses. I called him to discuss using evening primrose on Mouse (which he didn't recommend) & went on to talk about how good Green Lipped Muscle Extract was for horses..when it came down to it I wasn't up for experimenting.

    RE: dosage guidelines on the pack. They only go up in a few categories & the last is 2 lozenges for bunnies of 4lb+. I'm curious enough about this to email Oxbow & ask if this dosing regime should be upped for giants.

    Joey goes absolutely nuts for these. I vary what time of day I give them & its hilarious how much he starts sucking up to me everytime I go upstairs hoping its scooby snack time

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    Hmm it might be worth me enquiring about dosage as the rabbit in question is a 5Kg NZW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joey&boo View Post
    You'd have liked my lockdown vet (new vet at usual practice). He liked talking about the similarites between rabbits & horses. I called him to discuss using evening primrose on Mouse (which he didn't recommend) & went on to talk about how good Green Lipped Muscle Extract was for horses..when it came down to it I wasn't up for experimenting.

    RE: dosage guidelines on the pack. They only go up in a few categories & the last is 2 lozenges for bunnies of 4lb+. I'm curious enough about this to email Oxbow & ask if this dosing regime should be upped for giants.

    Joey goes absolutely nuts for these. I vary what time of day I give them & its hilarious how much he starts sucking up to me everytime I go upstairs hoping its scooby snack time
    Yeah, the dosing is nowhere near clear enough - above 4lbs is all vey well, but when you have bunnies that are 4 times that at least and one likely to be much more still, I am sceptical that 2 tabs would ever be enough.
    That plus I am not overly impressed with the ingredients of Oxbow tbh, there's not a lot in there that is proven to be of benefit compared to the equine one I linked to for example, nor that they don't already get in their diet directly.
    Do you man you've actually emailed them? I'd love to know what they say!

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