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Forum DIET & CARE blended vegetables?

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    • moonmoonmoon
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      Hello!! As prior to my question about post spay care, I wonder if we could feed/syringe feed our bunny blended vegetables such as lettuce, cilantro, etc. mix with a little of water or medication given by the vet to make it kind of a smoothie for them when they are not eating or have no energy to chew and eat from the bowl,, I know there is critical care to help but the oxbow brand is quite expensive in my country (but I may get some if I have to) so I am wondering if I can substitute it with the vegetable smoothie instead since I know critical care is somewhat just powdered food/pellet?


    • Cinnimon&Ollie
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      I would go with the oxbow critical care. The bag lasted through my bunny spay with leftovers. Veggies on top of it would be great but I differently recommend the oxbow critical care.


      • moonmoonmoon
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        Ooo alright thank you!!

         


    • Bam
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      You can use pellet mush instead of critical care. You soak pellets in lukewarm water and make a mush that you feed with a syringe. You can absolutely mix the mush withsome “veggie smoothie”, but leafy veg smoothie alone will not provide the bun with all the calories, nutrients and fiber it needs. Wound healing requires quite a bit of protein, because the various tissues in the body mostly consist of protein.

      Pellet mush can be too grainy to easily pass through the tip of a syringe. If you use a small syringe you can saw the tip off with a serrated bread knife to make the opening larger. Or you might need to grind the pellets before adding the water (most blenders will be ruined if you grind pellets in them. A coffee bean grinder might work though). You can also grind pellets with a pestle and mortar, but its surprisingly hard work. Hopefully your girl will only need syringe feeding for a day or two though. (I had to grind pellets for my longterm poorly bun when we had a Critical Care shortage due to covid in the spring of 2020, so I’ve experimented quite a bit with various methods. It’s absolutely doable, but rather tedious).

       

       


      • moonmoonmoon
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        Oooo okayy thank you very much for the information!!

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