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Nutrition: correcting the diet

Contributor(s): Molly Varga, Virginia Garner-Richardson, Anna Meredith

Principles

  • A balanced diet is central to good health.
  • For many conditions dietary reform is the only necessary treatment.
  • Dietary modification is essential to correct obesity   Obesity  , chronic soft stools ('sticky bottom syndrome')   Sticky bottom syndrome  , urinary calculi   Urolithiasis  and dental disease   Dental malocclusion / overgrowth  .
  • Any dietary adjustment must be made gradually. If the rabbit refuses to eat new foods and becomes anorexic, even for 24 hours, it is at risk of developing hepatic lipidosis.

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How to change the dry mix

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Soft stools

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Urolithiasis

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Dental disease

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Kupersmith D S (1998) A practical overview of small mammal nutrition. Semin Avian Exotic Pet Med (3), 141-147 ScienceDirect.
  • Harcourt-Brown F M (1996) Calcium deficiency, diet and dental disease in pet rabbits. Vet Rec 139 (23), 567-571 PubMed.
  • Hillyer E V (1994) Pet rabbits. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 24 (1), 25-65 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Harcourt-Brown F M & Friggens M T (1999) Intestinal Obstruction in Rabbits by Locust Bean Seeds. Vet Rec 145 (7), 203 (Letter).
  • Harcourt-Brown F M (1999) Selective Feeding in Small Animals - A Difference Between Browsing and Feeding. Vet Pract July pp 10 (Letter).
  • Richardson V (1999) Rabbit Nutrition. Coney Publications, Chattisham, Ipswich, Suffolk, UK.
  • Cheeke P R (1987) Rabbit Feeding and Nutrition. Academic Press, Orlando, USA.


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