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What do dwarf rabbits eat?

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Dwarf rabbits need to eat a well balanced diet of hay, pellets, fresh vegetables and fruits, according to the University of Arkansas. The pet foods available for dwarf rabbits at pet food stores are not as nutritious as fresh produce. Any pet owner who buys commercial food should also add in fresh produce when feeding a dwarf rabbit.

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Dwarf rabbits should be given water at all times, and their water bowls should be rinsed out on a weekly basis. For their fruit portions, it is best to choose fruits that are not sugary, such as grapes and bananas, and instead choose blueberries, melons, apples, papaya, peaches, oranges, pineapples and strawberries. For their vegetable portions, choose from collard greens, basil, bok choy, broccoli, clover, carrots, green peppers, dandelion greens and flowers, mustard greens, mint, spinach, pea pods, radish tops, raspberry leaves, watercress and wheat grass. Pellets should be chosen based on fiber content and should only be fed at approximately 20 percent of the dwarf rabbit's diet. Fresh hay should be given at all times.

It is important to remember that there are foods, such as chocolate, that can be lethal. It is also bad for rabbits to eat human foods, such as crackers, cookies, pasta, bread, yogurt drops and breakfast cereals.

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