Yes – Fresh dill can be given to rabbits in small quantities.
What is dill?
Dill is a flowering plant species of the carrot family. It is an annual herb that has feathery leaves and umbels of tiny yellow flowers. The name “dill” comes from the Old English “dilla,” which means “to lull” because of the herb’s soothing scent. Dill has a fresh and clean taste that many rabbits find palatable.
What are the health benefits of fresh dill?
Fresh dill leaves are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium. It is also a good source of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds.
How to prepare fresh dill for a rabbit
To prepare dill for a rabbit, follow these steps:
- Carefully rinse fresh dill and remove the stems.
- Chop the dill into smaller pieces and serve.
How much fresh dill to give to a rabbit
A rabbit should only eat a small amount of fresh dill as it contains relatively high levels of calcium, which can upset their gastrointestinal tracts and bladder. The general recommendation is 1 tablespoon of fresh dill per two pounds of body weight.
If your rabbit is underweight, consult your veterinarian before feeding.
How to store dill
Gently pat dry and place into a plastic bag or container in the refrigerator.
Where can I buy fresh dill?
Fresh dill can be found in the produce section of many supermarkets. You can also get a hold of it at your local farmer’s market or grow it yourself if have the space and time to do so.
Too much dill can cause diarrhoea or gas for your rabbit