No, your rabbit can’t eat chocolate. It’s critical that you don’t let your rabbit have any sort of chocolate because it’s toxic to rabbits. This includes every brand of chocolate, and it doesn’t matter if it’s milk, white, or dark chocolate either – all chocolate must be avoided.
Chocolate contains two compounds that are safe for humans to eat, but incredibly toxic to our rabbits:
Both of these stimulate the central nervous system, speeding up the rabbit’s heart rate and leading to rapid dehydration. Both of these problems can cause heart attacks, respiratory failure, seizures, and heart arrhythmia.
Chocolate also contains dairy, which is impossible for rabbits to safely digest since they’re lactose intolerant.
Rabbits can also get sick and suffer from digestive issues from eating the wrong diet. Eating chocolate could cause your rabbit to get indigestion, diarrhea, and gastrointestinal stasis.
Even if your rabbit only eats a small amount of chocolate, it can have serious consequences for rabbits. If you know or suspect that your rabbit has eaten chocolate, it is considered an emergency and you should get them to a vet ASAP.
Even if they aren’t showing any symptoms or have just eaten a tiny amount, you still need to take them to a vet immediately. The compounds caffeine and theobromine can take half a day to show, and the faster you get them to a vet the better the chances of recovery.
What Should Rabbits Eat?
Your rabbit should eat a balanced diet to be healthy. They need:
- Hay: Your rabbit needs unlimited access to fiber-rich hay.
- Fresh, raw vegetables: Your rabbit should have a cup full of leafy greens every day.
- Pellets: Your rabbit should have a bowl of pellets every day.
- Treats: Your rabbit can have treats twice per week.
- Water: Your rabbit needs clean drinking water at all times.
Remember to vary the fruits and vegetables in your rabbit’s diet to give them a variety and prevent boredom. You can research online to discover which foods are rabbit-friendly.
The short answer? No, rabbits can’t safely eat any type of chocolate.
No, your rabbit can’t eat dark chocolate. This is the worst type of chocolate in terms of it having the most toxic compounds. Dark chocolate has around three times the caffeine and theobromine than milk and white chocolate.
No, your rabbit can’t eat milk chocolate. As a middle ground between dark and white chocolate, milk has the worst of both. Containing both toxic compounds and dairy means that your rabbit should stay far away from milk chocolate.
No, your rabbit can’t eat white chocolate. While it doesn’t contain the same toxic compounds as milk and dark chocolate, it’s super high in sugar and fat. Both of these are problematic to rabbits, and white chocolate also has dairy which is terrible for rabbits since they’re lactose intolerant