Can Rabbits Eat Radishes? A Vegetable Treat For Bunnies

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Rabbits are not very picky when it comes to food. In fact, many people end up confused when it comes to their diets simply because some rabbits will even eat bacon if you let them. However, you need to understand the fact that not all of what rabbits are capable of eating is good for their health.

This is why some rabbit owners will prefer giving them fruits or vegetables whenever they want to give their rabbits a treat or if they want to add in something new or exciting to their pets’ regular diet. You need to understand that giving rabbits meats or sweet treats like pastries can be very dangerous to their health.

One of the things owners love to give to their rabbits is radishes. This is because they know that radishes contain a lot of nutrients and have great taste especially when harvested at the right time. But can rabbits eat radishes and not go through any health problems?

Can Rabbits Eat Radishes? A Vegetable Treat For Bunnies

What Is In A Radish?

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The main thing that radishes can offer for rabbits is its amazing taste. Radishes have a lot of flavor and many people and animals love it when radishes are served raw. Radishes also have crisp texture, this is why most, if not all rabbits like to eat it a lot. Rabbits can also eat the radish’s leaves and roots safely.

Radishes are known to contain oxalic acid, vitamin C, as well as protein and fiber which can help promote the rabbit’s health and wellness. This vegetable also contains minerals such as zinc, potassium, manganese and magnesium. These minerals can help provide the rabbit with energy and healthy organs.

This vegetable also contains some amounts of niacin, calcium, thiamine and riboflavin. These are very important for the rabbit’s skin, bones and fur. Radishes however, also contain high amounts of sugar and it is quite acidic. These factors can cause health problems in your pet if you are not careful enough.

Things To Consider When Giving Radish To Rabbits

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If you are planning to give radish to your pets, you need to make sure that the radish is organic and that it is sliced properly. You need to understand that rabbits can get sick if they ingest fruits or vegetables that have pesticides especially on its exterior surfaces. Large radishes can also choke your rabbit.

If you want to give radishes as a treat, you can try to give your rabbits a few slices of fresh radish once per week. Avoid giving your rabbit leftover radishes since they might already have molds. Radish from the salad you made at home might also contain too much salt, oil, sugar or dressing.

Since radishes contain sugars, you need to introduce it slowly to your pet. Try to observe your rabbit for the next few days after letting your pet try a slice. If the rabbit develops diarrhea, gets bloated or seems weak and sluggish, you need to stop giving your pet radishes right away.

Conclusion

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Radishes are known to contain a wide array of vitamins, minerals as well as nutrients that can be used to help keep your rabbit active and healthy. But because it also contains a lot of sugar, you should not give too much of it since it might cause diarrhea or an upset stomach in your tiny pets.

When giving radishes, you should try to slice it into manageable pieces so you can avoid choking your rabbit. Give only one or two slices of it per week. Avoid giving your rabbit radishes that are not organic. You should also avoid giving them your leftover radish salad since it might contain harmful ingredients.

Have you ever tried giving radish to your bunnies? Share your experiences with us in the comment section.

About the Author Emily Taylor

My name is Emily Taylor, gardening is my passion and I’m looking forward to sharing it with everyone. I know that there are millions of people out there want their backyard and garden be attractive just like their front yard, so I am here to help you create your own backyard paradise.

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Kitty Chapin says May. 2019

I give them to my rabbits and they love them. They seem to be really high energy and so happy after they have them. I haven’t noticed change in their cocoa puffs afterwards. I also feed them whole. But I also don’t feed them all the time, maybe once a month. They L O V E them ❤

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