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Can rabbits eat broccoli?

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Rabbits can eat broccoli. Broccoli is a safe and healthy vegetable for a rabbit to eat, because it is high in fiber and low in sugar. A rabbit's digestive system handles foods with a high-fiber, low-sugar profile well, whereas sugary fruit and starchy carrots can cause serious digestive problems.

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Rabbits, unlike humans, do not experience flatulence or goiter even when consuming large amounts of broccoli. However, rabbits must consume broccoli in moderation, because the main part of a rabbit's diet depends on fresh grass hay. Feeding a rabbit vegetables, without fiber from hay or grass, can prevent the digestive system from moving food along quickly enough, resulting in an overgrowth of harmful bacteria.

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