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Which Oxbow Rabbit Food
« on: March 12, 2009, 02:48:57 PM »
 :wave2:I just got a 6 month old rabbit from a private rescue situation.  The Vet that sees my dog, told me to feed the rabbit Oxbow food and hung up.  I went to the store, and they have different kinds of Oxbow Rabbit Food.  Which one should I get?  I bought timothy hay for him and am offering him fresh greens, which he's eating.
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Re: Which Oxbow Rabbit Food
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2009, 08:14:19 PM »
You will want to feed the Oxbow Bunny Basics 15/23 free feed until around a year of age and then convert to Oxbow Bunny Basics T and follow the guide on the bag for feeding limited quantities.

Rabbits can have and do benefit from some alfalfa hay until about a year of age but at one year of age they should be switched to all grass hays.

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Re: Which Oxbow Rabbit Food
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2009, 10:22:46 PM »
 :bow: Thank you.  I'll buy the 15/23 tomorrow.  Can he still eat alfalfa hay along with an alfalfa based food?  He doesn't seem to like the timothy or orchard grass.

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Re: Which Oxbow Rabbit Food
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2009, 02:23:29 PM »
With your rabbit being around 6 months I would recommend mixing half and half alfalfa and grass hay.  With your rabbit not really wanting to eat the grassy hay now, if you wait until it is a year old to intro grassy hay, you are going to have  a really hard time transitioning from alfalfa to all grass hay.

It would be better to mix alfalfa and grassy hay in together now and try to get the bun to eat a little grass hay now and work her into more grass hay so that when she no longer gets alfalfa at around 1 year of age, it won't be a big deal.

Also, don't forget that you want to feed the dark green leafy veggies like mustard greens, collard greens, kale, romaine, etc.  No iceburg.   :)

Good luck and enjoy the new addition.
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Re: Which Oxbow Rabbit Food
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2009, 12:27:03 PM »
Thank you for all your good advice.  I'm sorry to say this is not my first pet bunny.  I lost my beautiful, 6 year old, Netherland Dwarf about 2 weeks ago,  from complications following dental surgery.  I want to make sure that I do absolutely everything I can for this one, whom I acquired from a private rescue situation. I wasn't planning on getting a new rabbit, but, this one needed a home.  It has helped with my broken heart, though.  Do you know anything about neutering?  My last rabbit was a male and he never had a spraying problem.  This new rabbit, (Holland Lop, not sure if mini or not), "sprays" every chance he gets.  I know it's his hormones, but, do you know of a decent litter that's absorbs odors well?  I'm using Carefresh Ultra (unscented) and cleaning out his cage up to 4 times a day because his urine reeks!  p.s. - He's not too interested in any hay or the Oxbox 15/23.  Although, he is eating a little bit of the 15/23 when we go to bed, and plenty of fresh greens (no iceberg). My last rabbit loved hay, so this is new for me.

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Re: Which Oxbow Rabbit Food
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2009, 04:16:09 PM »
You may want to try Yesterday's News.  It tends to be better at absorbing urine.  However, if he is spraying then you may need to get him neutered to help with that.  It is pretty routine if you have it done at an exotic clinic but does cost as much or maybe a little more than having a dog or cat neutered.

What was your rabbit eating before.  You may need to do a transition period.  Bunnies that go more than a day or two without eating very much can get sick/become emergent pretty quickly.  Make sure he is still making a lot of normal coco puff stools.
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Re: Which Oxbow Rabbit Food
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2009, 09:24:55 AM »
This poor rabbit was eating pizza crusts & small pieces of pepper when he was rescued.  I know Oxbow is a good diet, so I'll keep trying it.  My other rabbit ate a timothy hay based pellet by Sunseed.  I know what you mean about the G.I. Stasis.  My old rabbit was healthy & stable on Sun., & by Tues. I had to put him down.  It was a sad, sad situation.  I will try Yesterdays News, and I found some info on N.J. House Rabbit Society.com.  They offer low cost spay/neuter for rabbits in N.J. according to county.  They have a list of participating vets., so it's a lot cheaper because let's face it.  Exotic Vets. are a fortune because of the specialty.  Thanks for your spot on advice.  Are you in the veterinary field?

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Re: Which Oxbow Rabbit Food
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2009, 10:30:45 AM »
Yes, I am the head veterinary technician at an all exotic specialty clinic.
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Re: Which Oxbow Rabbit Food
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2009, 05:25:56 PM »
Oops :shocked2:Sorry for complaining about the cost of veterinary medicine when it comes to exotics!  Maybe it depends on which state you live in.  I know the exotic techs at the veterinary practice where we were going were very compassionate & knowledgeable.  I'm not sure I can go back after having to euthanize my rabbit.  I have 30 days to pick up his remains, which I'm burying in my backyard.  I still can't bring myself to go pick him up.  Thank you, again.  Talking to you has not only been informative, but therapeutic for me.   :bow:

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Re: Which Oxbow Rabbit Food
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2009, 05:43:46 PM »
No need to apologize.  Yes sometimes it does seem like exotic specialists are more expensive then other vet care options but often I find that you get what you pay for.

I'm glad that I have been able to help you through a tough time.
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