I LOVE BUNNIES, rabbits, so should I say NO?

@bunnybon7 (32534)
Holiday, Florida
April 26, 2010 4:02pm CST
while at the vets yesterday, i asked about some better food for coco because shes shedding enough now to make several more coconuts plus, shes so fat and i dont know if its the dog food could help besides us not giving her as much people food any more. she is also having itchy allergies as usual again. it may be the time of year but the vet said i should consider this new special food for her with rabbit and potatoe in it. but i was just sitting outside thinking. do i really want my little girl eating little bunnies? They said they'd call when the order came in to see if i want to try it. what do you think?
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@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
27 Apr 10
It may help her. Id give it a try. Ive been feeding my cats friskies seafood mix w/ seafood & chicken. How ever one of them has little longer hair. She sheds more than the toher two. She also throws up hairballs and the food. Almost as soon as she eats it. Im thinking of trying hairball formula food.
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@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
27 Apr 10
That same cat im having throwing up problems doesnt like using the litter box either. But i think she doesnt want to use it because the other two are more domanite than here and it has something to do with that. But she also throws up without a hairball in it.. I try brushing her more too but she still has hairballs.
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@bunnybon7 (32534)
• Holiday, Florida
28 Apr 10
you know i wonder if it could be that the longer haired cats always have urinary problems and throwing up? i had a couple back when i had cats with that same thing and long hair.
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@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
28 Apr 10
My cat that throws up has hair a little longer than the other 2 but not really enough to be considered long haired. But she doesnt like to use the same box at all. She makes me feel like getting rid of her. But they are all family. The mama, son and daughter. Its the daughter that is the problem cat. The mama and son come to me for attention and the daughter dont. Other than becuase of the domanation thing with their family i can not think of why she wont use the box.
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• United States
26 Apr 10
I knew that the cat and dog food carried meat by product but always thought it was just chicken, beef, pork and turkey. I guess it also carries horse too but have never thought about it. I have 2 pet rabbits so I would say NO! but that would be partial. Several years ago I had an acquaintance call and ask me if he could go raccoon hunting on my parents farm (I own it now) and I thought about it...I am FEEDING the raccoons, WHY would I want him to hunt them over there on the farm?? so I told him NO! COCO sounds just like our bunnies. They are fat! They need to go on a bunny diet, maybe Coco could go on a diet with them!!!!! Blackie is shedding so much that I am sure there is a 3rd bunny!!!
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@bunnybon7 (32534)
• Holiday, Florida
26 Apr 10
i dont know maybe they are shedding more over the weather. maybe not allergies at all. well i think if i didnt love the taste and son would go along with it we could go vegetarian just by thinking of how cute and wonderful animals are. also, i guess its a fact that dogs and cats require meat.
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• United States
26 Apr 10
I can handle eating the beef, pork, chicken and turkey even fish (very limited on that fish) but not that rabbit. They use the by products for everything, beef and pork they use the hides for leather so the poor animal is going to die if i eat it or not. We are getting so that we eat more chicken and turkey then the other, well, I do. My husband eats what is cooked. Yea the animals shed more in the spring, getting rid of that winter fur. Blackie looks like a dust bunny running around. Wonder if there is something thatyou can give to moisturize his hide?
@dorannmwin (36661)
• United States
29 Apr 10
Is this your way of saying that you don't like cows or chicken, or fish or pigs? If your answer is no to this, then I think I wouldn't let your Coconut try the new food. However if your answer to this is yes, even to a small degree, then I don't think that there will be any harm at all to letting her try the new food. Who really knows, this food that your vet is talking about may be the best thing that has ever happened for Coconut.
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@bunnybon7 (32534)
• Holiday, Florida
29 Apr 10
i know. it doesnt make sense, right? for me to draw the line with rabbit. i do love all animals and as others have pointed out like you, why would a bunny make the difference? so yes, we pick the food up today and i'll see how it goes. its dry so shouldnt look strange anyway. guess new things just dont sink in right off with me..
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
27 Apr 10
I almost never use commercial dog food. Even the pricey varieties at the vet's have been subject to recalls. I have been using a European grain mix that I mix with meat and veggies myself. I sent you a PM about what I use, so that you can take a look at it. When traveling and it's not convenient to make the food, I get the Purina Benefil. That's one of the very few companies that have not had problems with recalls.
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@bunnybon7 (32534)
• Holiday, Florida
28 Apr 10
yes thank you so much Deb. i got ur pm and looked at the site. it should be a good alternative if this special made food dont work.
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@dragon54u (31298)
• United States
27 Apr 10
Rabbits are natural food sources for dogs, they eat them in the wild all the time. Sure, they're cute but in the cycle of nature they are food. When we lived in the Southwest Cookie used to kill rabbits that slipped inside the fence. These desert rabbits were very fast but she was faster! Dogs are natural hunters so don't feel bad--it's better than giving her the usual type of dog food, most of which contain "animal digest" which is ground up shelter animals, among other things.
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@bunnybon7 (32534)
• Holiday, Florida
28 Apr 10
oh i know i heard about that a few years ago. how could they making cannibals out of our babies!
@nangisha (3504)
• Indonesia
27 Apr 10
Hey bunnybon Well I am giving fresh food to my dog, because I personally think dog food is not healthy. They tend to put cheap stuff in it like internal organs of cow. I am using formula 50% meat with no fat, 30 carbohydrate and 20% vegetable. His food not contain salt and sugar, even if you make soup for him. Well my dog not fat and not sown sign of allergies. Forget that rabbit you can make his own food with fresh food just give it without seasoning. Regular exercise will help reducing that fat.
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@bunnybon7 (32534)
• Holiday, Florida
27 Apr 10
oh i do wish i could give regular exercise to coco. my son walks her some days. but some days he works so long and hard he doesnt get to it. im always worried this is not healthy for her not walking a lot.
• Pamplona, Spain
26 Apr 10
Hiya bunnybon, I hate Rabbit meat I always have there is a very good reason for it too. Seeing as I don´t want to bore anyone with the story which is´nt much of a story anyhow I would say that (ryst) is right rabbit meat is said to be one of the most natural and clean so why not try it? It might be better for your Dog if she has skin and fur problems. I love Rabbits as animals but I cannot and will not eat them ever. So you just give her what the Vet has suggested and that way you will be able to see how she progresses. If it does´nt suit her you will soon find out so what´s the harm in trying?
@bunnybon7 (32534)
• Holiday, Florida
27 Apr 10
i know. so true. many on here have said the same thing. some animal is in all dog and cat food. so, i just had a moments problem with the thought of poor bunnies.
• Pamplona, Spain
27 Apr 10
Hiya bunnybon, If the vet sells the food I would just buy it and try it and not even read the label that way you get around the "rabbit" bit. Emu meat got to me too I just cannot eat that at all it´s supposed to be very healthy but I won´t eat it. But really I think Rabbit would be the ideal meat for any Dog with problems. Just buy it and try not to think about it.
@bunnybon7 (32534)
• Holiday, Florida
27 Apr 10
yes friend, i will try it....or i mean coco will.
@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
27 Apr 10
Hi Bunny I understand what you are saying but just think about Coco and that it might help her Gissi is itching again to so again of to the Vet we go
@bunnybon7 (32534)
• Holiday, Florida
28 Apr 10
well let us know how it goes. as you know we all love him. what kind of food does he get? seems all dogs have this allergies stuff going on in spring, summer, etc.
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@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr 10
Gissi will only eat one type lol and that is Winalot Chicken in Jelly he will not have abything else he is so fussy lol but the Vet said that is ok for him
• Philippines
27 Apr 10
Hi Bunnybon! I think you should try it. It may be gross thinking of it like bunny meat. But some of the process food these days don't really use those meat as they claim they do. And maybe it will do your puppy good especially she is having some itchy allergies. Maybe you could have a second opinion too on other alternative pet food you can give to Coconut. That's a cute name.
@bunnybon7 (32534)
• Holiday, Florida
28 Apr 10
yes im going to try it. i guess its just the same as some other poor animal. coconut was given her name by my youngest son that had her first as a new puppy. he went to jail for a while and i kept her and wouldnt return her thats 5 yrs ago or more.
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• Philippines
30 Apr 10
It's my first time to hear the name Coconut for a dog and I really find it cute..LOL..your son must have been sad. But at least she is with you. It would have been another story if someone else took care of her and wouldn't give it back.
@ElicBxn (60050)
• United States
26 Apr 10
Bunny, hunny, those rabbits are raised for meat, they aren't pet bunnies. If they weren't being raised for food, they would've never been born, and at least they weren't tortured at some lab.
@bunnybon7 (32534)
• Holiday, Florida
27 Apr 10
so true. i wish something could be done about the torture that goes on with these poor things. people have been trying for years to figure a way to get them out of labs and i guess it will never happen
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@ElicBxn (60050)
• United States
27 Apr 10
I try to avoid buying things that do animal testing I do think that a certain amount must be done, but most is not - no matter what scent you add to bleach, it'll still blind the animals.
@celticeagle (114185)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Apr 10
Why not? Around here they slottered alot of the jack rabbits and it might have been food for poor folk such as myself. I guess I wonder if the dog will eat the meat. They are carnivores and need the nutrition. I guess it comes down to whether you could handle knowing your sweet little dog is eating it.
@bunnybon7 (32534)
• Holiday, Florida
27 Apr 10
well it is in dry food. just like the lamb and rice you get for them. but like i said i never made a very good farm/country girl. i rember looking at the squirrels and rabbits after my dad and grandad went hunting when i was little and wondering how they could shoot something so cute
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@celticeagle (114185)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Apr 10
Dry? Hmmm. I think such hunting is okay when the meat is utilized for food. Rather than that it is slotter. It is hard for me to watch shows with animals killing others but that is the circle of life.
@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
27 Apr 10
Hey bunny!I see what you mean! I don't know if I could feed my babies little bunnies either even if it meant making them more healthy!lol I think that would be a very difficult decision for me too! There must be something else that you could feed Coco besides little bunnies? I would ask your Vet again!
@bunnybon7 (32534)
• Holiday, Florida
27 Apr 10
well it could be that the vet has their own line of products i guess. who knows. i was just freaky about it at first. and as lots have pointed out, there are other animals in the other products that are just as wonderful. so i guess its a catch 22.
@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
26 Apr 10
HI BON, i guess if it's something that would help cocoa ,i probably would give it to her. I know how much u love that puppy dog & don't want anything to happen to her. I know u will do what's best for her. Have a good night.
@bunnybon7 (32534)
• Holiday, Florida
27 Apr 10
thanks sweetie. i sure will. since you have the same idea as the majority. and all my friends here are such a brilliant bunch
• Canada
26 Apr 10
My dog has allergies and rashes also. Our vet recommended Horse and potatoes.. We tried that for a while but then I tried some other type food and I now mix some canned with dry food and he's doing great. I dont give him people food anymore except for tiny pieces of bread and broccoli. Whenever I give him more of our food, he gets sick again. So try to find ONE brand of dog food and stick to it, dont give her any of our food, and Im sure you'll see some good results. As for shedding......I wish I had an answer to that one. I have to mop 4 times a day and its still not enough. Some vet on tv said that we need to pet our dogs outdoors and rub them hard to get all of the hair out. We tried it, it does help a little but he's still shedding loads.
@bunnybon7 (32534)
• Holiday, Florida
27 Apr 10
yes the outdoor petting helps a lot. but i should probably take a brush outside since coconut will not always sit by me outside. but as soon as she sees me with a brush, she comes running. loves brushing also. what a baby she is.
@qamarep (4453)
• Pakistan
26 Apr 10
yes you shoudl give her food that is very low calories.
@bunnybon7 (32534)
• Holiday, Florida
27 Apr 10
thats very true and the reason for my thought of going on with it.
@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
26 Apr 10
How is using rabbits for dog food any different than using chickens or cows? You're ok with feeding your dog chickens, turkeys, pigs, and cows, because they're not cute, but why should cute make a difference? (Before you think I'm some crazy PETA activist or something, I'm not. I'm not even a vegetarian.) Many pet health experts recommend feeding dogs and cats rabbit-based foods, because rabbit is closer to the natural diet that dogs and cats evolved to eat in the wild (mainly rodents and other small animals). So a food made from rabbit could very well be healthier for your dog than what you are currently feeding her. So if you're ok with killing chickens and cows to feed your dog, you shouldn't let "cute" get in the way of killing rabbits to feed her, either.
@bunnybon7 (32534)
• Holiday, Florida
26 Apr 10
you are so right, thyst07. i know im just being silly. i really love all the animals and would be vegetarian if i could. just cant do it. i think they are all beautiful, but sadly dogs and cats need meat. so, its put into their food. it just struck me to ask if others found this hard to take. wish coco didnt need meat.