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Old 06-08-2013, 11:55 PM   #1
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Default Can rabbits be allergic to vegetables?

Someone recommended broccoli for my bunny and a day or two later she had one eye very red and less "bulgy" than her healthy eye with the eyelid more closed. It didn't have any discharge or crusting and didn't seem to bother her but I know rabbits are notorious for internalizing pain.
I stopped the broccoli and the eye started to heal and when I gave a little bit again it got worse. It could be coincidence but could my rabbit have an intolerance to broccoli??

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Old 06-09-2013, 12:15 AM   #2
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Rabbits can certainly have allergies, and difficulties with certain foods. Best to avoid the broccoli. You may also want to be cautious with other cruciferous veggies in case it's not just the broccoli that she is sensitive to.
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It's very unlikely that the eye issue was due to broccoli. Food allergies don't usually cause problems like that. More often it's digestive upset, poor skin/coat condition. I also haven't heard of food allergies happening in rabbits. It does happen that some bunnies cannot tolerate a given food, but those usually lead to gas or diarrhea, mostly GI diseases related to the gut flora balance. In addition, allergies should affect both eyes. Your bunny probably scratched his eye somehow, or had something stuck in it. If it comes up again, a vet should be able to help. Infections will occur in one eye at a time, and there are other problems (mostly tooth-related) that will show up as eye problems on one side only. Rabbits have very poor immune systems in general and aren't typically susceptible to autoimmune diseases like allergy. They do happen sometimes, but the only kind of allergy I've seen in a rabbit was due to dusty/moldy hay.
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