Ice cream is a dessert enjoyed by millions of people around the world. I’m sure that from time to time you like to treat yourself to an ice cream as well. As you enjoy the cone of ice cream so much, you might want to share it with your beloved pet rabbit. That, though, raises a question: can rabbits eat ice cream?
Can Rabbits Eat Ice Cream?
Unfortunately for your bunny, the answer, in short, would be no, it’s best not to share ice cream with your pet rabbit. The main problem with ice cream for rabbits is that ice cream is made out of cow’s milk, which rabbits, just like many other animals, simply cannot digest.
Baby rabbits need the milk of their mother, but once the lactation period ends, they do not need any more milk, especially that from an animal of another species.
If you would accidentally feed your rabbit some ice cream or any other dairy product, then it would most likely give her diarrhea.
Furthermore, studies have shown that regularly giving rabbits cow’s milk can result in the development of rheumatoid like lesions. So, it should be more than clear that any dairy product (ice cream, yogurt, butter, cheese etc) should not be feed to a rabbit.
In addition to the above, ice cream also contains a lot of sugar, which would be bad for your rabbit’s teeth.
Absolutely No Chocolate Ice Cream for Pet Rabbits!
Although all ice cream is bad for rabbits, you need to be especially careful with chocolate ice cream. Chocolate is poisonous to rabbits, just like it’s poisonous to cats and dogs as well as many other animals.
Conclusion on Ice Cream
Once again, it’s not safe to share a cone of ice cream with your pet rabbit. Also, remember that you shouldn’t give your bunny any other dairy products as well. If you want to give your rabbit a sweet treat, then a slice of apple or banana would be a much better option.