My Rabbit Ate Mustard Greens Will He Get Sick?

By Kim •  Updated: 01/21/21 •  3 min read
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Mustard greens are a popular veggie for many people. They’re healthy and the taste good, too! But are they safe for rabbits?

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What are Mustard Greens?

Mustard greens, also known as brown mustard/vegetable mustard/Indian mustard/Chinese mustard, is a vegetable from the Brassica family. This means they’re related to broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens and kale!

There are several different types of mustard greens; however, one thing you can count on is the strong, bitter, spicy flavor of the leaves. To make them taste better (and make them easier to eat), mustard greens are usually boiled, pickled, steamed or even used in stir-fries.

When it comes to nutrition, mustard greens are packed with some great stuff:

Now you can see why mustard greens are so healthy! But are they safe for rabbits?

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Mustard Greens & Rabbits

The good news is that rabbits can eat mustard greens safely. In fact, mustard greens are a healthy addition to a rabbit’s diet. However, a bunny shouldn’t eat only mustard greens. Rabbits need a healthy, balanced diet that’s based on hay. However, vegetables can be added to your bunny’s diet to give him a little more variety.

If your rabbit has eaten mustard greens before, then it’s a good idea to gradually introduce them into your bun’s diet. This way, you won’t upset his sensitive digestive tract. Otherwise, he could suffer from an unset stomach and diarrhea, or even gas.

Another note about mustard greens. This plant contains oxalic acid. If your bunny has too much of this, it can lead to bladder and kidney issues. So, only give mustard greens to your fur bunny as a treat once in a while, not more in order to avoid this problem.

If your bunny shows any symptoms that are worrying after eating mustard greens, then be sure to call your vet. They will have the best advice on what to watch for, or let you know if your bunny needs to come in to be checked.

Mustard greens can be a healthy way to add a little variety to your rabbit’s diet. You may want to stick to only giving him these yummy veggies about once a week. This way you’ll avoid any problems that can be caused by the oxalic acid in the plant.

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Kim

Kim is a talented author, who loves animals especially dogs. She engaged in writing books and articles relating to animals a decade ago. Kim resides in Chicago with her husband and son. The family is the proud owner of a dog and a parrot (Jack and Lily). Kim wanted more than these two pets, but her husband put his foot down... She often visits elementary schools to talk to the kids about what she learned about pets and how they could learn from them.

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