Can Rabbits Eat Tortilla Chips? What you need to know.

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A rabbit about to eat a tortilla chips that's been left in the table

Last Updated on August 23, 2021 by Rei

While feeding small amounts of tortilla chips to rabbits is not harmful, feeding them large amounts of tortilla chips could lead to digestive distress like diarrhea and GI stasis.

Tortilla chips are mostly made out of corn, vegetable oil, salt, and water. All of which are not recommended to be fed to rabbits in large amounts.

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 the different risks and alternatives to tortilla chips:

Risk of overfeeding tortilla chips to rabbits.

A white rabbit eating a corn in the ground.

Corn, being the main ingredient of tortilla chips, carries a certain risk when fed in large amounts because rabbits have difficulty digesting it.

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

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 tortilla chips would check those two boxes I mentioned.

Gastrointestinal Stasis

Gastrointestinal stasis is also possible when a rabbit is fed large amounts of tortilla chips, 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.

Obesity

Obesity in rabbits is also possible when fed large amounts of starch. Rabbits that are confined in cages all day without exercise and fed large amounts of high carb, low-fiber diet are the most susceptible to obesity.

Healthy alternative to tortilla chips as treats.

If you planning on giving your bunnies tortilla chips 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)

  1. Can rabbits eat nachos?

    No, nachos are mostly made up of corn which rabbits have difficulty digesting. But if your rabbit accidentally ate a small amount of nachos, just feed them large amounts of hay and monitor their stool for any changes.

  2. Can my bunny eat Doritos?

    No. Doritos are made of corn, which is bad for rabbits if fed in large amounts. But a rabbit accidentally eating a small amount of Doritos is not a concern as long as their diet is high in fiber.

  3. Can rabbits have chips?

    No, rabbits can’t eat chips because it’s mostly made out of corn, which rabbits have difficulty digesting. Feeding chips in large amounts can lead to digestive conditions like diarrhea, GI stasis, and obesity.

Conclusion

A rabbit eating small amounts of tortilla chips or any corn-based chips 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 corn like tortilla chips could lead to digestive distress like GI stasis 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.

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