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    New study shows that muesli can kill pet rabbits

    NewsRabbits and bunniesTuesday 07 May 2013
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    They are Britains third most popular choice of pet however for years we may have been feeding them the wrong foods. A new report by scientists in Edinburgh show that Muesli can cause harm rather than good to rabbits.

    The research undertaken by the Royal School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh showed that the cereal, popular amongst rabbit owners, can actually cause fatal dietary problems. It showed a direct link between the food and problems such as gut stasis which decreased the appetite for food and water.

    The study lasted 2 years and drew in strong comprehensive research. It had been suspected for a long time but now finally scientists have the proof.

    Pet shops around the UK are now being urged to remove it from their shelves after the publication of this advice.

    It is estimated that over 1.7 million pet bunnies regularly eat the food and are highly satisfied with it however it is causing many visits to the vets and also shortening their lives.  It is estimated that over 57% of owners give their pets muesli style food because there are not aware that it is inappropriate.

    Instead rabbit owners should feed their pets a daily diet of hay, grass and some green vegetables. Also a small amount of pellets can be useful as well.

    The findings came out just before Rabbit Awareness Week which is an important week to highlight the needs of a rabbit’s health. Organisations are trying to persuade manufacturers to drop the food. Already Burgess Excel said it has ceased production of muesli.

    Pets at Home has also withdrawn rabbit muesli from it’s 339 stores. 

     

     

    Source: Pet Product Marketing

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