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Old 05-26-2005, 07:52 PM
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Double chin?


Is it a sign of being over-weight when a rabbit grows a double chin? My bun didnt used to have it but now does and it seems to be getting bigger...

He is a neutered male about a year and a half old.

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Old 05-26-2005, 07:55 PM
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That is a normal thing. Generally females have it but I have only had it happen with males. It is called a dew lap.
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Old 05-26-2005, 08:13 PM
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It is normal but don't let it get too big cause that's a sign of being overweight if it gets too big
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Some breeds are designed to have dewlaps, though if he didn't get his until now, I'd be concerned about weight. Cut back on the protein in his pellets (12-15% is good), and feed more hay, and less extras like veggies.
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Old 05-29-2005, 08:58 AM
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Okay so the dewlap is pretty big, I have eliminated pellets starting this morning and am just giving hay and fresh greens. I am concerned that he will not be getting all his nutrients now. Doesnt he need the pellets as part of a balanced diet?

Also, now that he did not have the pellets this morning he is being a MONSTER! Running around like a psycho, knocking things over, biting on everything, making all this noise to wake me up, his cage was TRASHED! haha

Maybe if he slims down a bit he will be more active? Hopefully not hyperactive like this all the time though!
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Old 05-29-2005, 09:07 AM
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No it's ok, rabbits having double chins is a normal thing most of our lops at college have double chins, we though that they might be overweight, i guess it is but we've started rationing their food and being more healthy, it's nothing to be concerned but ask your vet for further advice is what i would suggest you do
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Old 05-29-2005, 10:23 AM
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Whoa, I wouldn't totally remove the pellets unless he was really overweight. You should get a lower protein pellet. Like 12% or 15%, if you can.

You should continue to feed him pellets. If you can't get a lower protein pellet, then just cut back on how much you feed him, BUT GRADUALLY, not all at once!
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Old 05-29-2005, 04:12 PM
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my pellets are the oxbow timothy pellets my vet recommended. I usually gave him unlimited hay (timothy, oat and orchard grass), unlimited pellets and a cup of parsley in the morning and a cup of romaine in the evening. He would never over eat on the pellets, he has a 1 cup bowl that I would only have to refill every two days.

I put a small amount of pellets back in his cage after your suggestion. I really dont know what else I can do to slim him down! Any ideas?
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Old 05-29-2005, 05:21 PM
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A good amount of pellets is one third of a cup of pellets daily. This is what I feed Harry and Charlie and they're doing fine. As your rabbit eats the same food mine do and weighs the same, it should work.
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Old 05-29-2005, 05:48 PM
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okay ill try it!
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