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Any issue with feeding alot of rabbit?

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by kate_7590, Sep 8, 2013.


  1. kate_7590

    kate_7590 PetForums VIP

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    A friend of ours may be able to get us a constant supply of wild rabbits, so I was just wondering if there would be any reason not to feed it regularly?
    Im thinking at the moment of feeding half rabbit and half chicken carcass as their bone, then a bigger variety of mince/ meat.
     
  2. SixStar

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    During bunny season, mine can have it anywhere up to five days a week - they catch their own so there is a plentiful supply, and it's free food after all! Providing a variety of other meats are still fed, it's no problem at all :)
     
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    cinnamontoast Sois pas chiant, chéri.

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    Don't rely purely on rabbit. It's so low in fat that the dog is likely to lose weight and 'starve'. It's a common problem that isn't discussed enough. However, if feeding other protein, you should be ok. Also worm regularly, they can be full of nasties!
     
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    They wont have just rabbit, they will have alot of other meats/ minces too.
    I also worm with DE :)
     
  5. SixStar

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    If feeding lots of wild rabbit, I would personally use a good, broad spectrum reliable coventional worming medication.
     
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    It would be an issue for me, Dougie doesn't like rabbit - fussy dog:rolleyes:
     
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    Which wormer would be best, and how often please :)
     
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    I alternate between Drontal, Cestem, Panacur and Plerion - four times a year :)
     
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    I feed alot of wild rabbit when i have it and i have always wormed with DE but do worm counts a couple of times a year :)
     
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    cinnamontoast Sois pas chiant, chéri.

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    Worm counts don't detect encysted red worm or tapeworm, they need blood tests. I certainly wouldn't rely on DE.
     
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    and i won't use commercial wormers ;)
     
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    cinnamontoast Sois pas chiant, chéri.

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    A personal choice, but how do you eradicate the risk of tapeworm etc? Honestly interested!
     
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    DE is supposedly meant to kill tapeworm, that and garlic and ACV again i can't prove it but have read it in a lot of places.

    Each to their own but the low risk of them getting a tapeworm and the fact that they get DE multiple times a week is honestly enough for me
     
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    Interesting. I don't personally see how de can kill tapeworms and anecdotal evidence wouldn't swing it for me. I worm count the horse but he gets pyratape or similar because I can't risk him and I've seen some horrific worms come out dead after a commercial wormer :eek: A friend's horse died of worm infestation soon after she got him :(

    It's a personal choice, as I say, and I've never seen adverse reactions in the dogs to wormers (but I have in a horse). It's a dilemma, I suppose.
     
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    I understand how DE works and how it works against worms/parasites whatever whether it's 100% effective against tapeworms i guess we won't know unless proper extensive research is done.

    Certainly a dilemma though!
     
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