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Old 03-14-2012, 05:00 AM   #1
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Gubble is less than a year old and he has almost gone through an entire mineral and salt lick.

How often do you guys change yours?

He seems to prefer the darker, mineral lick over the salt lick.



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Old 03-14-2012, 05:26 AM   #2
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I do not use salt or mineral licks and have been advised by my vet to avoid them.
A good pellet will provide the salt, vitamins and minerals needed. Salt and mineral licks can be dangerous as a rabbit can go months without using it, then eat the whole thing in a week. This will lead to imbalances and other problems. Think about what happens when people eat a lot of salt, they can get heart problems and high blood pressure. Mineral stones have a lot of calcium which can be a problem for many rabbits and can cause bladder or kidney stones.



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Old 03-14-2012, 01:26 PM   #3
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Holy poop. I will call our vet and see what they think.

Thanks for the insight!

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Old 03-14-2012, 03:57 PM   #4
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I have always heard not to use mineral and salt licks for rabbits.

I don't use one.

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Old 03-15-2012, 01:10 AM   #5
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Glad I read this. Benjamin has not had one for about a year, but now I won't get them anymore at all.

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I wouldn't use a salt lick, but may put up a mineral one, but remove it if it gets too much use.

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Old 03-15-2012, 07:47 PM   #7
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That seems to be the consensus...that the salt lick isn't needed but the mineral in moderation is okay. Glad I asked the forum, sheesh! He's been mauhing the things!

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Old 03-16-2012, 05:30 AM   #8
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I don't use one and personally don't think there is a need if the rabbit has a quality pellet as part of the diet.

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Old 03-16-2012, 09:38 AM   #9
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I didn't know that they shouldn't have a salt lick either and had one in Rocky's cage when I first got him. He didn't really like it though so I didn't get another one. Then I read in here that they shouldn't have it. It is upsetting that they sell them for bunnies in every pet shop it is hard to know what to give and what not to give :S

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Old 03-16-2012, 12:20 PM   #10
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I second that; I am frustrated with pet stores marketing products because the big giant heads in the corporation tell them to. There's so much crap out there...I can't tell you how often I go shopping for rabbit AND ferret stuff and compare ingredients based on what the diet SHOULD consist of and falling way short.

'Tis poop.



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