Can Rabbits Eat Oreos

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Last Updated on November 14, 2021 by Rei

While Oreos are not toxic to rabbits, feeding them large amounts of Oreos could lead to digestive distress like diarrhea, dental problems, and GI stasis.

Oreos are mostly made out of sugar, flour, oil, cocoa, high fructose corn syrup, leavening, cornstarch, salt, soy lecithin, vanillin, and chocolate. All of which are not recommended to be fed to rabbits especially the sugar and corn-based stuff.

If you notice any changes in your rabbit’s stool, both in size and consistency, immediately bring your rabbit to a veterinarian.

Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain in more detail why rabbits can eat Oreos:

Risk of overfeeding Oreos to rabbits.

Flour-based food like Oreos or any kind of bread carries a certain risk when fed in large amounts because rabbits’ diet should be high in fiber, not carbohydrates.

Here are some of the risks associated when you feed your rabbits large amounts of Oreos:

Diarrhea

Diarrhea in rabbits is often caused by the wrong diet or when their diet is changed too fast. Feeding your rabbit large amounts of Oreos would check those two boxes I mentioned.

Gastrointestinal Stasis

Gastrointestinal stasis is also possible when a rabbit is fed large amounts of Oreos, which are high in carbs and starch.

GI stasis happens when the balance of bacteria in your rabbit’s gut is disrupted due to a high-carb, low-fiber diet. This disruption would cause painful gas that would eventually lead to organ failure and death if not treated immediately.

The signs of GI stasis are:

  • Depressed
  • Hunched posture
  • Bruxism
  • Decreased appetite/anorexia

If you notice any of these signs, immediately bring your rabbit to a veterinarian.

Dental problems

Due to high amounts of sugar in Oreos, feeding them to rabbits could cause damage to your rabbit’s delicate teeth and gums. Dental damage in rabbits is extremely serious. A rabbit that’s in pain due to dental damage would refuse to eat or only eat a little.

A rabbit that’s refusing to eat would eventually develop some kind of digestive problems like GI stasis because rabbits need to constantly eat for their gut to function properly.

Healthy alternative to Oreos as treats.

If you planning on giving your rabbits Oreos as treats, these alternatives are much healthier:

Here are some alternatives that you can give to your rabbits one to two times per week as a treat:

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Should you panic if your rabbit ate a little amount of oreos?

While Oreos are not recommended for rabbits, it’s still not toxic. It’s just that Oreos or any flour-based food is too high in carbohydrates. Just feed them a lot of hay if you are worried. The extra fiber would likely fix the problem.

What to do if your rabbit ate Oreos?

Observe their behavior and poop for any changes. You should also feed them a lot of hay. The extra fiber would help balance their gut flora. If you notice any changes in their poop or behavior, consult a veterinarian immediately.

Conclusion

A rabbit eating small amounts of Oreos or any flour-based food is not a concern as long as the rabbit is on a fiber-rich diet. Just make sure that you monitor their stool for any changes both in consistency and size.

A rabbit that’s fed large amounts of carbohydrates like Oreos or bread could lead to digestive distress like GI stasis, impaction, and diarrhea. It could also lead to obesity, especially to rabbits who are confined in small cages all day without access to regular exercise.

If your rabbit is exhibiting signs of digestive distress, immediately bring them to a veterinarian.