Holland Lop Diet

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Your Holland Lop diet should comprise of rabbit pellets, timothy hay, treats and water.Holland Lops need to have a diet that is high in fiber and low in protein so any brand of feed that you choose needs to have a maximum of 16% protein and a minimum of 21% fiber.

Do not restrict the amount of pellets that you give the Holland at least until it gets to 6 months. After that time you can gradually introduce treats one at a time and start limiting the pellets. Serve pellets according the rabbit’s weight after 6 months. For instance a Holland will weigh about 4 lbs on average so the servings should be no more than 4ozs daily.

Aside fromjust beinga meal timothy hay has fibers that will help prevent hairballs in your rabbit’s stomach. With constant grooming rabbits can swallow a lot of fur. Accumulation of fur in the stomach can lead to loss of appetite and other complications. Another way to prevent hair balls is to feed a slice of pineapple to the rabbit once monthly.

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Your rabbit needs to have sufficient water in order to prevent dehydration and all the associated problems that come with it. Make sure that your rabbit has a fresh supply of water every day.

Although commercially manufactured treats can be fed to the Holland Lop they are not a healthy choice. Instead you can give your rabbit vegetables to munch on. You need to restrict the servings and make sure that they do not cause upset stomach. Some fruit and veggie options are apples, bananas, carrots, broccoli and lettuce in very small amounts. You can also feed snacks of cheerios, sunflower seeds, rolled oats and unfrosted shredded wheat.

Your Holland’s feed must be dry and it should smell good. To maintain the quality of the food you should store in metal bins since plastic can easily permeate the food. If the rabbit is not eating as he should you should check the food to see if there is a reason he refuses to eat it. If there is nothing wrong then perhaps he has an upset stomach and you should take him to the vet.

Finally when changing feeds always ensure that it is a gradual change since sudden changes can upset the delicate stomach of your Holland Lop. Feed your rabbit daily at a regular appointed time.


 
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