Obesity

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At least 85-90% of the rabbit’s diet should consist of hay, grass and dried grass, as a guideline as much as the size of the rabbit’s body! They also need a small amount of nuggets – 20-25g per kg ideal bodyweight is all that is needed. You also need to make sure they have some green leafy salad as part of their diet and water should always be made available.

Obesity

Obesity is a common issue seen in rabbits, as they are not exercising as much as they would do in the wild or traveling long distances to search for food or escaping from predators. So a rabbit is really dependant on you as its owner to provide the right diet and opportunities to exercise every day.

Obesity can result in a number of issues: joint problems, difficulty in the rabbit grooming itself, flystrike, and a short lifespan.

Rabbits should be weighed regularly to make sure they are at their target weight, you can even body condition score your rabbit so you can check the weight at home. The chart below from the PFMA Body Condition score chart can be used as an indication.

PFMA Website