Veterinary professionals estimate that less than 40 percent of rabbits and guinea pigs are being fed correctly

Date: 
Monday, December 16, 2019
Source: 
Veterinary Practice

Lack of owner knowledge on how to feed has been judged to be the major cause

A recent survey* of UK veterinary professionals, carried out by Supreme Petfoods, found that they believe that less than 40 percent of all rabbits and guinea pigs are being fed correctly, with lack of owner knowledge on how to feed judged to be the major cause. The main consequence of this is dental disease. On average, vet clinics are seeing 16 rabbit and guinea pig consults each month and 75 percent of these cases involve providing nutritional advice to improve health.

Veterinary professionals identified that small pets are often being overfed concentrate that is too low in fibre, are not eating enough hay and not being given the correct amount of fresh greens. This has led to pets being presented with conditions such as dental disease and obesity.

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