Many health issues for rabbits arise from feeding an inappropriate or imbalanced diet.
A rabbit’s diet must consist of unlimited timothy hay and meadow grass with limited alfalfa. Vegetables are important but those that are high in sugar or calcium should be limited. Pellets are often overfed causing obesity problems therefore should be limited to 1/8 to ¼ of a cup per 5lb body weight per day (muesli diets are not recommended as they allow the rabbit to pick out the high sugar components and leave those with high dietary fibre). Fruits are high in sugar and should be limited to one to two very small (1”) pieces per day with no seeds. If treats are fed these should be one to two small pieces at a time.