We’ve been contacted a few times about a post suggesting giving old Christmas trees to bunnies. We have this update from Richard:
“While chewing on bark won’t necessarily harm rabbits (unless it has been treated with flame retardants etc.), we do not recommend allowing access to trees of Christmas for the rabbits. The main danger is that rabbits are very keen to chew on cables and wires, so the lights on the tree are a particular concern, but even after the decorations are taken down, the dangers range from minor (pigments that change the color of urine in dark or reddish, mimicking urinary tract bleeding) to severe (excessive consumption of leaves causing intestinal problems that can lead to death)” That said, the toxicity of pine resins and poinsettias has been overestimated in the past ( https://rabbit.org/health/poinsettia .html) and the main concern is gastrointestinal discomfort from consuming these new foods. If your Christmas tree hasn’t been treated (with flame retardants, pesticides, etc.) or painted, it should be safe to chew. Note that natural chemical compounds in some evergreens can cause rabbit urine to turn more orange than usual, but this is not a health concern.
Dry and green grass
Rabbits eat grass, but rabbit farmers need to check what kind of grass your rabbit consumes. The grass must be clean and free of pesticides so your rabbit can stay healthy. Violet leaf is the most natural type of food rabbits can eat and is often readily available for consumption at a lower cost. The grass is also high in fiber which is great for the teeth to wear down and this is perfect for the rabbits digestive system.
Rabbits can eat all parts of clover, including the buds, flowers, leaves and stems. The problem is when rabbits eat high amounts of clovers. The best part is giving small amounts. Too many clovers can give you too much gas and other kinds of stomach pain. Clover also has high amounts of protein, which is why it’s best given in moderation.
The dangers of pine trees: what pine trees can do for your rabbit’s health
Pine trees are beautiful, but they can be dangerous for your rabbit. Here’s what you need to know about the dangers of pine trees and how they can affect your rabbit’s health. Pine trees are adorable, but they can be dangerous for your rabbit.
The oils in pine needles can be toxic to rabbits if they ingest them, and the sharp needles can cause puncture wounds. If your rabbit is exposed to pine needles, watch for signs of gastrointestinal distress, such as diarrhea, vomiting, or lack of appetite. If you notice any of these signs, take your rabbit to the vet immediately.
What should you know about rabbit nutrition?
Rabbits need to chew continuously to keep their teeth healthy. Giving them wood to munch on might help them in the process. Maple, spruce, willow and birch are some types of wood that rabbits prefer.