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Evidence-based rabbit housing and nutrition


Clauss, Marcus; Hatt, Jean-Michel (2017). Evidence-based rabbit housing and nutrition. The Veterinary Clinics of North America. Exotic Animal Practice, 20(3):871-884.

Abstract

Because most research on rabbit husbandry, welfare, and nutrition was performed on production animals, evidence for best practices in pet rabbits is scarce, and guidelines must be based on transfer of results, deduction, and common sense. Rabbits benefit from being kept with at least one conspecific; from large enclosures and multistory hutches; from drinking water offered ad libitum in open dish drinker systems; and from receiving hay ad libitum, with restricted amounts of fresh grass, herbs, or green leafy vegetables, and a high-fiber complete diet. Offering hay ad libitum bears several advantages and should be considered a matter of course.

Abstract

Because most research on rabbit husbandry, welfare, and nutrition was performed on production animals, evidence for best practices in pet rabbits is scarce, and guidelines must be based on transfer of results, deduction, and common sense. Rabbits benefit from being kept with at least one conspecific; from large enclosures and multistory hutches; from drinking water offered ad libitum in open dish drinker systems; and from receiving hay ad libitum, with restricted amounts of fresh grass, herbs, or green leafy vegetables, and a high-fiber complete diet. Offering hay ad libitum bears several advantages and should be considered a matter of course.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Small Animals
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
630 Agriculture
Uncontrolled Keywords:Diet; Enrichment; Hay; Housing; Husbandry; Nutrition; Rabbit; Water
Language:English
Date:2017
Deposited On:07 Aug 2017 14:35
Last Modified:09 Dec 2017 01:48
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1094-9194
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cvex.2017.04.006
PubMed ID:28781038

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