Can Rabbits Eat Bagels?

Rabbits are known to love snacking on a variety of different types of foods but some are healthier compared to others. One of the types of foods that we get asked about is if rabbits can eat bagels or other types of bread. In this article we will talk about how feeding rabbits a bagel can impact their health and nutrition.

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Let’s learn if rabbits can eat bagels and the health impact of your rabbit eating bread.

Can Rabbits Eat Bagels?

Most veterinarians will recommend that your pet rabbit should not eat bagels because their digestive system will struggle to process different types of bread. Bagels and other types of bread will typically give your rabbit an upset stomach or digestive issues if they eat too much of it. Bagels typically won’t be dangerous for your rabbit if they only eat a small amount of it but can cause stomach issues such as diarrhea if they eat too much of it.

Since rabbits don’t require starch in their diet which means bagels are a necessary type of food for their diet. High starch foods such as bread, pasta, bagels, or even cereals should not be given to your rabbit in excess as they don’t require this type of food in their diet. Learn about what foods rabbits can eat.

What Happens If A Rabbit Eats A Bagel?

If your rabbit eats a small amount of bagel then it likely won’t cause any issues for their health. If your rabbit starts to eat too much of a bagel then this is where it can start to negatively impact their health. Bagels and other breads will cause your pet rabbit an upset stomach if they eat too much of it. Starch and breads are difficult for your rabbit to digest which can cause them to have an upset stomach or diarrhea if your rabbit eats too much of a bagel.

Potential Health Benefits of Bagels For Rabbits

Bagels can provide some health benefits for many types of animals but typically bagels will not provide any beneficial nutrients to your rabbits diet. Bagels are starch heavy foods that isn’t a natural part of a rabbits diet. Rabbits need grain, fruits, and vegetables and typically don’t require starch in their diet in order to thrive. For this reason, it typically isn’t recommended that you give your rabbit bagels.

If you are looking to give your rabbit extra vitamins and nutrients it is recommended that you give them watermelon, broccoli, apples, strawberries, or other fruits and veggies.

Potential Health Dangers of Bagels For Rabbits

Bagels aren’t a great food for rabbits because it doesn’t provide them with any beneficial nutrients or vitamins and it can also cause them an upset stomach. Wild rabbits typically don’t eat starch such as bagels or bread in their diet. Because of this, bagels can cause your rabbit an upset stomach because this type of food is difficult for them to digest.

If you looking for other snacks that your rabbit will enjoy we recommend feeding your rabbit spinach or grapes.

Why Can’t A Rabbit Eat A Bagel?

A rabbit can technically eat a bagel and if they only eat a small amount then they usually won’t experience any negative symptoms. But if your rabbit eats too much bagel then they will experience digestive issues such as an upset stomach, diarrhea, bloating, or it might even cause them to throw up. For these reasons, it is recommended that you don’t give your rabbit any bagel for them to eat.

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Dr. Jacob Hawthorne, DVM

Dr. Jacob Hawthorne, DVM is a certified veterinarian who graduated from the University of California - Davis Veterinary School in 2012. He specializes in nutrition and veterinary medicine for companion animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, and more. He has been featured in websites such as PetMD, Yahoo News, Hills Pet, Daily Paws, and more. Learn more about Dr. Jacob Hawthorne, DVM.