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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > DIET & CARE > Leaving the buns for the weekend?
Last Post by mocha200 at 10/17/2012 4:44 PM (27 Replies)
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User is Offline Hokankai
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10/16/2012 6:59 PM
As a treat, I don't think an almond a day (or less, they have 4 different training treats I rotate through in a session) is going to cause the diseases mentioned above. It takes a lot over a long period of time to cause those things, and the amount of almond that they eat in a day makes the risks extremely low. I think the high simple sugars in fruit people give their rabbits is just as dangerous and those are usually given in quantities larger than an almond. Treats are just that, treats; severely limited in quantity and not meant to be given on a regular basis.

I appreciate your comment, and while it's true that bitter almonds ARE toxic to many animals, the domesticated almonds we eat on a normal basis are not a threat. I think the House Rabbit society put it on there as a "catch all" just in case. They tend to error on the side of caution in a lot of things.


User is Offline Hokankai
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10/16/2012 6:59 PM

Double post.

Also, considering my almond slices are almost gone (I have a tendency to eat them while I'm training...LOL), I just won't buy more and will stick to the arguably healthier papaya and dehydrated banana treats I have for training.


User is Offline bmt87
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10/16/2012 7:49 PM

This thread has gone all over the place but I wanted to add 2 things:


1. I know the feeling on having a bun that hates (HATES!) traveling. It is SO stressful to my bun and she is seriously shaken up and anxious/seems sick/not herself for at least a day or two after a car ride. So I completely support your decision not to take them anymore. It's hard. I get ya. I know you were in a bind with the someone to check on them thing - even though I know we all have our pets best interests at heart (I mean we are taking the times out of our day to post on a bun forum after all!) sometimes we have to make the best out of a tough situation - so props. I would have been so stressed the entire weekend.  I'm glad you have someone to check on them now.


2. About the almonds... I have a SEVERE nut allergy (as in - I have had to use an EpiPen twice). I am only allergic to true nuts known as 'Tree Nuts' and am not allergic to peanuts because they are not actually nuts - they are legumes and I have been very curious about almonds. I know I have had almonds before by accident - you'd be amazed what they hide nuts in! - and not had a reaction and always thought I was crazy until I started really reading up on it recently and have read that almonds are actually not nuts but a seed of the drupe family. I'm not willing to be a guniea pig and test this theory - anaphylaxis is *slightly* dangerous - but maybe knowing that almonds are not nuts and also not a seed of the traditional variety (like, say, bird seeds) so maybe this is just an under studied area and not really been looked into in a rabbits diet. Just curious and thought it might cause a conversation and be interesting.
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User is Offline Hokankai
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10/16/2012 8:07 PM

Yeah I'm not sure what happened to my thread...but you know online forums, you post one thing and it seems like everything else you're doing gets called into question as well. I've been part of the pet forum community for several years now so I'm used to it, haha. 

Thanks for the support! And that's really interesting about almonds. I know they aren't in a shell or hull and are in a kernel instead, so maybe that's one thing that separates them from the nut family.


They seriously loved staying home, and I bought Xpen over the weekend so they'll have a little run while I'm gone.

I actually wasn't stressed at all, haha. Stressing does nothing productive so I try to be laid back about most things. I feel like when things go wrong it's usually when I'm thinking about it too much. LOL

User is Offline Monkeybun
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10/17/2012 3:25 AM
Ha yeah sorry I kind of shifted the topic there for a bit I'm always of the opinion of Better safe than Sorry when it comes to my buns

User is Offline mocha200
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10/17/2012 3:51 PM
Hokankai: I wanted to let you know that I wasn't try to attack you or anything. You asked why they were bad so I did a little research and that was what I found. I enjoy figuring out why things are and stuff like that. I know that humans know very little about the human body know WAY less about rabbits! Things are always changing because people are finding out knew things! So they may be wrong and they may be right. Who knows. That's science for ya! I really hope you didn't take me the wrong way. I apologize if you did.
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User is Offline Hokankai
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10/17/2012 4:06 PM

Nope, I didn't. I figured there was going to be some research done when I asked why they're considered toxic. I'm actually in the middle of my chemistry rotation at a hospital (where I actually DO toxicology analysis everyday) becoming a medical lab scientist, so I was legitimately curious. I know that things like obesity and fatty liver take a long time to develop, and because the amount I was feeding was so little the risks were minute. It's like saying drinking one beer a day is definitely going to cause cirrhosis of your liver or something, which isn't true.


I've learned to take everything with a grain of salt, so no worries!


User is Offline mocha200
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10/17/2012 4:44 PM
That's good! Its always hard to tell over the internet :p We have had quite a few people come on these forums and take something wrong and angrily leave!
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