Feeding the house rabbit 3: Fresh herbs
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Rabbits have more taste buds than we do, and will appreciate food that actually tastes strong. Herbs are an excellent way to add that delicious taste to a meal. They can be served fresh, as well as tried, and are an excellent alternative to treats. Most herbs have medicinal properties. These properties include antibacterial or analgesic effects, action on the cardiovascular and respiratory system, digestive tract, nervous system, on muscles and on the skin in animals. Fresh herbs can be given to keep a rabbit healthy and relaxed. This does not mean that these plants will replace a visit to a rabbit-savvy veterinarian or a drug therapy when a rabbit is sick.
Herbs can also be harvested in nature and dried, before feeding to a rabbit during the winter months. They should be picked in places that are not contaminated by cat, dog or fox feces, and that are not treated with chemicals or pesticides. Many plants found outside contain toxic molecules that might be harmful, even fatal; it is this important to pick only those herbs that are safe. Don’t trust that your rabbit can decide which plants are eatable, and which are not.
Some herbs that rabbits like to eat