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Old 11-06-2016, 02:59 AM   #11
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and I also give him about 8 or 10 pieces of Timothy hay every morning but I have to take them out because he doesn't eat much of it.


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If youre worried about stasis a whole bowl full of walmart rabbit food a day might be one of the worst things you can do.
If your rabbit is prone to stasis issues you should be limiting pellets more then the normal. Many people have rabbits they dont feed ANY pellets too because of stasis issues. Quality pellets will make a difference. DO NOT give pellets that have a mixture of other bits and pieces in them.

You also didnt mention hay. Rabbits need hay to keep their gut moving. Hay is by far the most important part of their diet.


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Here is a good diet summary that refers to the House Rabbit Society as well.
http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/diet.html

It explains the importance of hay too. As Watermelons explained, hay is the most important thing to feed a rabbit to prevent GI stasis. It should be unlimited and available 24/7. A few pieces isn't near enough. A rabbit should actually be eating about its body size in hay every day!

Just know that they tend to be choosy about which pieces of hay they eat. They like to pick through a quantity of hay. They also eat more hay when it is refreshed, so adding more hay daily is important.

Cannot stress enough the importance of hay, lots of hay, every day -- the best way to keep a rabbit's gut healthy.
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My rabbit died from GI stasis because I gave him too much pellets and not enough hay. There is a lot of wrong advice on google, please stick to a professional rabbit website like house rabbit society. You need to feed your rabbit less pellets and way more hay. It doesn't matter if he doesn't like it, if you stop giving him pellets he will eat the hay trust me.
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no. guys. He eats the pellets with the little bits mixed into it and hardly any hay. I only give him about 10 pieces of hay a day and he doesn't eat any of it. I'm just going to keep giving him the pellet mixture and no vegetables and very little hay. thanks for the advice though.
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How old is your rabbit?
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Old 11-06-2016, 03:22 PM   #17
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The reason why I ask how old your rabbit is is because that determines what to feed your rabbit.

Don't be upset but I don't think your making a very good decision. If your rabbit doesn't eat enough hay, they will eventually get GI stasis and will die. Hay and vegetables are really all the rabbit needs in their diet. (Unless you have a baby rabbit).
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He's about a year and a half old. he's been in stasis twice already so I know he is prone to it. All I ever fed him was the pellet mix from Walmart and I'll continue to do that because I think the veterinarians that work in the pet department and Walmart know best. because walmart sends them to vet school.
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Sorry dsuis, but you are very much mistaken. Wal-mart does not know best and the average vets do not know rabbits. Rabbits are quite unique.

The House Rabbit Society has specialized in decades of rabbit knowledge. The link I provided above is written by a vet that specializes in rabbits.

Your rabbit has been in stasis twice likely because his diet lacks the necessary hay. Hay is critical. Many of us on this site have had rabbits for decades and have experience that goes way beyond a Wal-mart employee working in pet dept.

The suggestion about hay is not a "maybe offering more hay will be better" type of statement. It is an absolute, indisputable, "hay is critical for your rabbit's digestive health."

If you continue the current diet without adjustments, it is likely your rabbit will experience GI stress again.
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All I ever fed him was the pellet mix from Walmart and I'll continue to do that because I think the veterinarians that work in the pet department and Walmart know best. because walmart sends them to vet school.
This is the furthest reach from the truth I have ever seen.
Walmart does NOT send anyone to vet school. Walmart does not employ vets to work in the pet section of their stores.
Anyone working in the pet section of walmart does NOT know best.


You came here for advice and we are giving it to you. You are choosing to ignore the advice despite the fact that what youre doing could potentially kill your rabbit. The diet you have your rabbit on is BAD.


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