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Do anyone use a UV light for a short period of time to help with vitamin D and calcium with their rabbits. Thank you
 

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Can’t say that I’ve ever heard of doing this. Is your rabbit unable to eat pellets? They provide all the vitamins and minerals most rabbits need.
 

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Does your rabbit also not get any sunlight? Where is he/she kept?
 

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Can’t say that I’ve ever heard of doing this. Is your rabbit unable to eat pellets? They provide all the vitamins and minerals most rabbits need.
Hi yes hen eats pellets perhaosnishoyldnofnbeen more exact with my post. I read an article regarding rabbits and uv light from a professor at a American vets. It was regarding the ability for bunny's to be able to abiluynthaises calcium better . My bunny has excessive bladder calcium and we are looking into if other has used uv light to enable them to process calcium / vit d better . Had so many checks/ tests etc and it does no improve his issue. He is a older bunny with arthritis so mobility is not always so good.
 

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Does your rabbit also not get any sunlight? Where is he/she kept?
Hi we are I a northern hemisphere so the level of uv rays during autumn and winter are very poor indeed. House bunny so majority access to garden spend summer time. We have lots of foxes buzzards etc so they can not be left alone out
 

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Hi just a
Do anyone use a UV light for a short period of time to help with vitamin D and calcium with their rabbits. Thank you
dear tilly 100,-welcome to r.o.l.:-broad spectrum lighting,-absolute must,especially indoor-and quality pellets,ie".purina rabbit chow complete"-my facility has power,water,-light,heating,ventilation,air conditioning,medical e-r,-{hvac}-the building is a solarium -10 ft.,cathederal ceiling-16 windows,.rabbits are strict herbivoures,diet of 70%timothy grasses-,pellets for vitamins and digestible food,--water,and some treats,..rabbits are prey animals and outside are a lot of predators-in the air, on the ground,and under ground{rats},--is this what you needed to know??-I been at this for 15 years,sincerely james waller for joseph r cottontail/bdenium-rip
 

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dear tilly 100,-welcome to r.o.l.:-broad spectrum lighting,-absolute must,especially indoor-and quality pellets,ie".purina rabbit chow complete"-my facility has power,water,-light,heating,ventilation,air conditioning,medical e-r,-{hvac}-the building is a solarium -10 ft.,cathederal ceiling-16 windows,.rabbits are strict herbivoures,diet of 70%timothy grasses-,pellets for vitamins and digestible food,--water,and some treats,..rabbits are prey animals and outside are a lot of predators-in the air, on the ground,and under ground{rats},--is this what you needed to know??-I been at this for 15 years,sincerely james waller for joseph r cottontail/bdenium-rip
Ohh hello and thank you.
Yes absolutely . Their diet is spot on ( vets have been over every tiny detail and many vet visits to monitor and do xrays etc )
It's the lighting I am really keen on exploring . Done lots of reading on the subject but so little is published for rabbits.
Read lots about vitamin D and calcium potassium etc. Also done a lot of feom the vitamin D council for humans ( I am a also vitamin D deficient )
Been reading frances Baines regarding uv lighting and the study into uv light for replies whoch is brilliant,
So I am at the point of getting a lamp that's suitable to use in the home environment as free range bunny's. But can't get I fo on which lamps are best and for average time they need access to the light to help.
I can't use strip lights they affect me badly so ideal would be some sort of spotters. Ohh so pleased I am not alone in this quest to improve their health and to explore lights.
Myself and my vet who is a exotics specialists have been discussing use of uv to hopefully help hi.s calcium issues
Again Amy advice you have would be amazing thank you thank you
 

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I was told that rabbits need only 10-15 minutes of sunlight daily. I will take mine outside to play in the chicken run on occasion but until I actually build an outdoor run for just the buns, they are not getting daily UVB rays. Even though there is a ton of light in the living room where they hang out all day, UBV rays are blocked by glass and those are apparently the rays they need. I found this article that may be of interest: https://vetmed.illinois.edu/shining-uv-light-rabbit-husbandry/
 

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I was told that rabbits need only 10-15 minutes of sunlight daily. I will take mine outside to play in the chicken run on occasion but until I actually build an outdoor run for just the buns, they are not getting daily UVB rays. Even though there is a ton of light in the living room where they hang out all day, UBV rays are blocked by glass and those are apparently the rays they need. I found this article that may be of interest: https://vetmed.illinois.edu/shining-uv-light-rabbit-husbandry/
dear jenny during,-thank you for the website,-though one picture doesnot tell the whole story, I am curious where the bunz sleep,they are nocturnal animals,there doesnot appear to be any place to hide,..i trust this is not just a uv radiation light test-,they will go blind...sincerely james waller
 

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I don't know anything more than was in the article. It would seem the best light for all of us, rabbits included, would be of the natural variety. Hopefully everyone can get their bunnies outside on occasion, even if it's in a cage for just s few minutes. They don't have to be out for hours at a time. I never leave mine out alone, even if they are in a fully enclosed chicken run as if they wanted to dig out I'm sure they'd find a way.
 

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I don't know anything more than was in the article. It would seem the best light for all of us, rabbits included, would be of the natural variety. Hopefully everyone can get their bunnies outside on occasion, even if it's in a cage for just s few minutes. They don't have to be out for hours at a time. I never leave mine out alone, even if they are in a fully enclosed chicken run as if they wanted to dig out I'm sure they'd find a way.
 

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Hi Jenny and James,
With us we are north facing and our garden is literally like a quagmire sue to so much rain.
I think it's about time rabbits got more research into thir health needs. They are often overlooked I feel , the research by frances baines on UV lights is worth reading even though it's aimed at reptile it does explained the use and various lights available. It's explained how some UV in the environment actually can penetrate into the ground . So I figure it would suggest that wild animals also benefit from uv even burrowing animals during the daytime. I am a sure in many years to we will learn so much about how uv is both beneficial and detrimental to rabbits. Having read a lot about vitamon d in humans , and the recomendations feom NICE regarding vitamin D in humans , I Find it frustrating at so much differing info on the intenet.
 

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I use a sunlight substitute bulb and floor lamp for mybirds and have one in the bunny room in the ceiling fixture. I've had 2 with calcium/sludge issues so I took all high calcium items out of their diet.
 

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