The clue is in the title, but I’m still amazed how often I hear people ask, ‘can rabbits eat dog food?’ My first reaction is, ‘why would you want to feed your rabbit dog food?’ They usually say they have too much or just want to keep it simple (they are being lazy). Sometimes it’s a concern if they have a house rabbit and they know it’s going to come across the dog bowl and find some of their food.
In a word, no. Rabbits cannot, and should not be eating dog food. There is a huge difference between rabbits and dogs. That being that dogs are natural carnivores and enjoy meat. Rabbits are natural herbivores and therefore prefer vegetables. Even dry dog food is manufactured to contain properties found in meats, so it’s a bad idea all round. They are also high in carbohydrates and fats that dogs require, while rabbits need fiber and proteins.
So, if you have dog food out and your rabbit may find it, hide it or move it. So everything you can to avoid letting your bunny eat the dog food. Rabbits should be eating plenty of quality Timothy hay and some bunny pellets. Along with some fresh vegetables daily, this completes their diet and ensures they get all the good nutrition they need to stay healthy.