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Best Rabbit Dog Food: Hoppin’ Good Eats!

We’ve been talking a lot lately about dog foods that skip chicken, beef, and pork in lieu of more unusual proteins. We’ve covered bison– and alligator-based foods already, so today we’ll be concentrating on dog foods made with rabbit.

Rabbit is an especially attractive protein for dogs, as it is not only lean and delicious, but nutritious too.  

We’ll start by recommending five of our favorite dry (kibble) foods made with rabbit and then cover three of our favorite canned options. After discussing the best rabbit foods around, we’ll talk about the nutritional value of the meat and the things you want to look for when picking a specific product for your dog.  

Quick Picks: Best Rabbit Dog Foods (Dry)

The Five Best Rabbit Dog Foods (Dry)

When most people speak of dog foods, they are referring to dry (kibble) products.

Kibble is certainly convenient, and it is usually a more affordable option than wet foods, so most owners will want to start their search for a rabbit-based food with one of the following five.  

1. Nature’s Variety Instinct Grain-Free Recipe with Real Rabbit

About: Nature’s Variety prides itself on making supremely nutritious foods, made from only the best ingredients available – including bits of raw, freeze-dried meats. Their Real Rabbit Recipe may feature an unusual protein, but it is made with the same dedication to quality all of their other recipes are.

Features: Nature’s Variety Rabbit Recipe is a protein-packed dog food, made with a number of different meat-based items. Rabbit tops the ingredient list, but salmon meal, menhaden fish meal, rabbit meal, and whitefish meal also appear in the first eight listed ingredients.

However, Nature’s Variety’s real claim to fame lies in their inclusion of raw, freeze-dried meats and organ meats. This particular recipe contains freeze-dried rabbit (with ground rabbit bone), as well as freeze-dried rabbit liver, lung, and kidney. These organ meats not only provide a taste that dogs love, they’re also rich in vitamins and minerals.

A grain-free food, Nature’s Variety Rabbit Recipe uses chickpeas instead of grains or potatoes. Peas, carrots, apples, cranberries, and pumpkin seeds are also included for extra fiber, flavor, and antioxidants. This food is fortified with a single probiotic strain, which may help promote proper digestion. Nature’s Variety Rabbit Recipe is made in the USA.

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Ingredients: Rabbit, Salmon Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal, Chickpeas, Canola Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Tapioca, Rabbit Meal, White Fish Meal (Pacific Whiting, Pacific Sole, Pacific Rockfish), Dried Tomato Pomace, Natural Flavor, Peas, Montmorillonite Clay, Carrots, Apples, Cranberries, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin), Choline Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide), Freeze Dried Rabbit (including Freeze Dried Ground Rabbit Bone), Potassium Chloride, Salt, Pumpkinseeds, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Freeze Dried Rabbit Liver, Freeze Dried Rabbit Lung, Freeze Dried Rabbit Kidney, Rosemary Extract 

PROS: Nature’s Variety Real Rabbit Recipe is a pretty attractive option that provides most of the features and benefits owners would want from a premium dog food. It is full of rabbit and other proteins, contains no grains, features several nutritious fruits and vegetables, and it is fortified with a probiotic. It even features raw, freeze-dried meats, which many owners like giving their dog. 

CONS: The only real shortcoming of Nature’s Variety Rabbit Recipe is the cost – this is a pretty expensive dog food. We could quibble about the lack of multiple probiotic strains, but this isn’t a big problem, and it is easy to rectify with a probiotic supplement.

2. Holistic Select Natural Rabbit & Lamb Meals Recipe

About: Holistic Select produces premium foods made from all-natural ingredients and no corn or artificial additives. They are designed to be very easy for dogs to digest and, unlike some foods made with an abundance of simple carbs, provide your pet with a healthy coat and energy that will last for hours.     

Features: The first thing many owners will notice about the Holistic Select Natural Rabbit & Lamb Meals Recipe is that it does not feature a whole protein at the top of the ingredient list. However, it does list rabbit meal and lamb meal as the first and second ingredients, respectively. Rabbit meal and lamb meal are both high-value ingredients, and dogs usually love the way they taste.

Chickpeas, lentils, and peas provide the bulk of the carbohydrate content of this grain- and potato-free recipe. It includes dried beet pulp and pumpkin, which are both rich in fiber; flaxseed and canola oil, which are full of omega-3 fatty acids; and cranberries, papaya, blueberries, and pomegranate, which are packed with antioxidants.

This recipe comes fortified with 10(!) different probiotic strains to help improve your dog’s elimination habits and promote good health. Glucosamine is also included to help prevent joint problems.

Holistic Select Natural Rabbit & Lamb Meals Recipe is made in the USA.

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Ingredients: Rabbit Meal, Lamb Meal, Chickpeas, Lentils, Peas, Canola Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Flaxseed, Pumpkin, Cranberries, Apples, Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Papaya, Blueberries, Pomegranate, Vitamin E Supplement, Taurine, Inulin, Dried Kelp, Zinc Proteinate, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Zinc Sulfate, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Yucca schidigera Extract, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Ground Cinnamon, Ground Fennel, Ground Peppermint, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Dried Lactobacillus bulgaricus Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus thermophilus Fermentation Product, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Dried Bacillus licheniformis Fermentation Product, Dried Bacillus subtilis Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus oryzae Fermentation Product, Dried Trichoderma reesei Fermentation Product, Dried Rhizopus oryzae Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract.

PROS: Where do we start? Healthy proteins? Check. High-value carbs? Check. Plenty of tasty fats, colorful fruits, and important supplements? Check, check, check and – you guessed it – check. And while ten different strains of probiotics may be overkill, this broad collection of bacterial strains may be just what some dogs need to digest their food properly.

CONS: The lack of a whole protein is a bummer, especially given the price tag associated with this food. Additionally, we always prefer foods that have lots of reviews from happy owners, but this recipe hasn’t earned many reviews at all yet. However, many of Holistic Select’s other foods have received great reviews.

3. Merrick Real Rabbit and Chickpea Recipe

About: Merrick Real Rabbit and Chickpea Recipe is a top-tier dog food that’s made in the USA with a variety of natural ingredients but without grains, Merrick recipes provide the kind of nutrition that many dog owners want for their pet.

Features: Merrick Real Rabbit and Chickpea Recipe features real, deboned rabbit at the top of the ingredient list, but it also contains a number of supplemental proteins, including turkey meal, lamb meal, and pork meal. Even the primary carbohydrate sources – chickpeas and peas – are rich in protein.

Several other nutritious ingredients appear farther down the ingredient list. This includes not only flavorful chicken fat and salmon oil rich in omega-3 fatty acids, but apples and blueberries which provide a taste dog’s love and the antioxidants that may help support your dog’s immune system.

Four probiotics round out the ingredient list and help promote proper digestion and problem-free elimination.

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Ingredients: Deboned Rabbit, Turkey Meal, Lamb Meal, Pork Meal, Chickpeas, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Peas, Tapioca, Natural Flavor, Pea Protein, Salmon Oil (source of Omega-3 fatty acids), Apples, Blueberries, Organic Alfalfa, Salt, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Amino Acid Complex, Sodium Selenite), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate), Yucca schidigera Extract, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract.

PROS: Merrick Real Rabbit and Chickpea Recipe has a lot going for it. It features an impressive selection of proteins, including real rabbit, and the grain-free, chickpea-based recipe appeals to many owners. Most dogs find that it tastes great, and several owners report improvements in coat quality, mobility, and elimination habits after giving it a try.

CONS: Simply put, Merrick Real Rabbit and Chickpea Recipe ain’t cheap. But that’s to be expected of any premium food, and this one provides very competitive value for its price point. Like some other foods on this list, it may not be a good choice for dogs with food allergies, as it features multiple protein sources.

4. Stella & Chewy’s Freeze-Dried Absolutely Rabbit Recipe

About: Stella & Chewy’s Freeze-Dried recipes give owners a different way to feed their dogs. Made in the form of a freeze-dried patty, these foods can be fed as-is, or rehydrated by mixing them with a little water or salt-free broth. You can give them to large dogs whole (each one weighs about half an ounce), or break them into smaller pieces for smaller canines.   

Features: Stella & Chewy’s Absolutely Rabbit Recipe – like most other Stella & Chewy’s recipes – is primarily comprised of protein and bone powder (90%), with a few awesome fats, fruits, and vegetables thrown in for good measure.

Four probiotic strains are included to promote digestive health, and a litany of organic produce – including rarely seen items like beets – help ensure your dog gets plenty of antioxidants. Pumpkin seeds are also included as a fiber source (although they also provide a flavor that some dogs love).

All of the ingredients used in these recipes are sustainably sourced, and they never originate in China. The patties are made in small batches, right in Stella & Chewy’s US-based kitchens.

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Ingredients: Rabbit with ground bone, olive oil, rabbit liver, pumpkin seed, organic cranberries, organic spinach, organic broccoli, organic beets, organic carrots, organic squash, organic blueberries, fenugreek seed, potassium chloride, dried kelp, sodium phosphate, tocopherols (preservative), choline chloride, dried Pediococcus acidilactici fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium longum fermentation product, dried Bacillus coagulans fermentation product, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, taurine, calcium carbonate, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid.

PROS: Just look at the ingredient list – the first two lines look like they were taken from a fancy gourmet recipe. Organic food advocates will love the number of organic ingredients in the food, and it provides most of the major nutritional benefits (omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics, and antioxidants) you could want. It’s easy to use and, according to most owners, dogs go crazy for the taste.

CONS: Stella & Chewy’s Absolutely Rabbit Recipe sounds phenomenal, but it is likely prohibitively expensive for large dogs. Hundred-pound dogs may need more than 20 patties a day if you rely on them for all your pet’s calories. You’d polish off a package every other day at that rate. You could, however, use it as a treat or topper for big dogs.

5. Grandma Lucy’s PUREformance Freeze-Dried Dog Food USDA Rabbit Recipe

About: Grandma Lucy’s PUREformance USDA Rabbit Recipe is a freeze-dried dog food that you’ll prepare in oatmeal-like fashion before feeding to your dog. Eighty-seven percent of the ingredients in this food are sourced from the USA, and it is made in Grandma Lucy’s family-owned facilities in southern California.

Features: The ingredient list for Grandma Lucy’s USDA Rabbit Recipe starts exactly the way you’d want, with rabbit appearing at the top of the list. Chickpeas and flax serve as the primary carbohydrates, and a litany of fruits and vegetables – including carrots, celery, apples, bananas, blueberries, and more – provide vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

All of these fruits and vegetables provide another benefit too: They increase the fiber content of the food. This can help keep your dog feeling full for longer and promote proper digestion.

Grandma Lucy’s USDA Rabbit Recipe – like most of the other recipes in this product line – is packed with protein. In total, 36% of the calories come from protein, which is not only great for adult dogs, but it even makes this food suitable for puppies, as well as pregnant or lactating females.

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Ingredients: Rabbit, Chickpeas, Flax, Carrots, Celery, Apples, Bananas, Blueberries, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Papaya, Spinach, Garlic, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Calcium Carbonate, Phosphorous, Zinc Proteinate, Riboflavin Supplement, Thiamine Monoitrate, Potassium Chloride, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Magnesium Chloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Cyanocobalamin.

PROS: Grandma Lucy’s Rabbit Recipe satisfies almost every criteria dog owners could want. Most dogs love the taste and moist consistency of the food, while owners appreciate the high-quality ingredients used in the recipe. And, because it is based on a single protein, it may be helpful for dogs who suffer from food allergies.

CONS: The fiber content of this food actually proved to be too much for some dogs, according to owner reports. It is also quite expensive and fails to include any probiotics, so you may want to pick up a supplement for your pooch.

Quick Picks: Best Rabbit Dog Foods (Canned / Wet)

The Three Best Rabbit Dog Foods (Canned / Wet)

Most owners feed their dog kibble because of the convenience and cost-savings it offers. However, canned or wet foods make sense in some situations, such as dogs who don’t usually drink enough water or suffer from dental problems. They’re also marvelous for tempting dogs with picky palates.

The three below are all great options for owners who want a canned food made from rabbit.

1. Nature’s Variety Instinct Real Rabbit Recipe

About: Nature’s Variety Real Rabbit Recipe is a limited-ingredient dog food, which contains only a single protein. So, while you can certainly feed this to dogs without food allergies, it is an especially attractive option for those who get itchy skin when they eat chicken, beef, or other common proteins.

Features: Nature’s Variety Real Rabbit Recipe doesn’t contain that many ingredients at all. Rabbit and rabbit liver provide the bulk of the protein, and peas are the only other food used in the recipe. The remaining items that appear on the label include vitamins, minerals, and ingredients used to provide the proper consistency and prevent spoilage.

This limited list of ingredients means that Nature’s Variety Real Rabbit Recipe doesn’t contain any grains, soy, dairy, or eggs – all of which can trigger food allergies in some dogs. This recipe is designed for adult dogs, and it is made in the USA.

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Ingredients: Rabbit, Water, Rabbit Liver, Pea Protein, Peas, Montmorillonite Clay, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Proteinate, Potassium Iodide), Salt, Choline Chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate

PROS: Because the recipe includes very few ingredients, it is a great option for treating dogs with food allergies. Most owners reported that their dog liked the taste of Nature’s Variety Real Rabbit Recipe, and several mentioned a reduction in itchiness as well as improved coat and skin condition.

CONS: Like most other canned foods, Nature’s Variety Real Rabbit Recipe is more expensive than kibble, but it is also pretty pricey when compared to other wet foods. Some owners complained that the food seemed too watery, but, as long as your dog doesn’t mind, this isn’t a huge problem.

2. Merrick Backcountry Rabbit Stew

About: Merrick Backcountry Rabbit Stew is a hearty canned recipe that is designed to please your pup’s palate and provide him with the nutrition he needs to remain fit and healthy.

Features: Merrick Backcountry Rabbit Stew’s featured ingredient is real, deboned rabbit, but it is also made with deboned turkey and turkey liver for additional protein. Chicken broth and turkey broth are used to provide the proper consistency and for additional flavor.

A grain-free recipe, Merrick Backcountry Rabbit Stew relies on peas and sweet potatoes to provide the carbohydrate content. Most of the other ingredients included are used to preserve the food and to provide the necessary vitamins and minerals. However, it does contain flaxseed oil, sunflower oil, and salmon oil, which are all rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

This food is appropriate for dogs of all life stages, including puppies and reproductively active females. It is cooked in the USA.

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Ingredients: Deboned Rabbit, Chicken Broth, Turkey Broth, Deboned Turkey, Peas, Turkey Liver, Dried Egg Product, Carrots, Pea Protein, Sweet Potatoes, Potato Starch, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Phosphate, Salt, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Flaxseed Oil, Sunflower Oil, Salmon Oil, Guar Gum, Caramel Color, Minerals (Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Potassium Iodate, Cobalt Glucoheptonate, Sodium Selenite), Xanthan Gum, Cinnamon, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate).

PROS: Most owners were pleased with Merrick Backcountry Rabbit Stew and reported that their dog appeared to like the taste — several even reported that this food was great for tempting picky dogs. A few owners also mentioned that they liked the way the food smelled when the cans were opened.

CONS: A few owners complained that they thought the food would be comprised of real cuts of rabbit. However, it is actually a pâté-like food, which has been cut into small cubes and then mixed with gravy. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it may not be what some owners want.

3. Merrick Lil’ Plates Rascally Rabbit Stew

About: Merrick Lil’ Plates are grain-free recipes designed specifically for small dogs. They come in small plastic trays with a removable lid, which makes them convenient to offer to your pet.

Features: Merrick Lil’ Plates Rascally Rabbit Stew is full of great ingredients, including deboned rabbit, which tops the list. It also features chicken liver, deboned chicken, and egg whites as supplemental proteins. Two different broths – venison and chicken – are used to provide the proper consistency and improve the flavor.

Unlike some other wet foods, which are made without many fruits or vegetables, Rascally Rabbit Stew features carrots, apples, and pears, to help ensure your dog gets the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants he needs. Potatoes provide the bulk of the carbohydrate content and help make the food hearty and filling.

Merrick Lil’ Plates Rascally Rabbit Stew is cooked in the USA and designed for small-breed adults.  

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Ingredients: Deboned Rabbit, Venison Broth, Chicken Broth, Chicken Liver, Deboned Chicken, Dried Egg Whites, Carrots, Potato Starch, Potatoes, Apples, Peas, Guar Gum, Sunflower Oil, Sodium Phosphate, Salt, Natural Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Potassium Iodide), Choline Chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Xanthan Gum.

PROS: This food is made with a number of very tasty ingredients, and several owners reported that their dog loved the recipe. It may also be a great topper for dogs who normally eat a kibble-based diet.

CONS: There aren’t many problems with Merrick Lil’ Plates Rascally Rabbit Stew, but it isn’t a good choice for dogs with food allergies, as it contains several chicken-based ingredients (including eggs).

What Makes Rabbit So Special?

Rabbit isn’t a terribly common protein in dog foods, but that’s beginning to change as more and more owners are learning about the value it provides. A lot of people are even starting to incorporate rabbit-based dishes into their own diets.

A few of the reasons rabbit meat is a good protein source for dogs include:

Rabbit Is Delicious

Although rabbit has a reputation for being gamey, that doesn’t seem to bother dogs, who usually love the way rabbit meat tastes. Additionally, this gamey taste is characteristic of wild rabbits, who feed on grasses, forbs (like sunflowers), and fruits. Domestic rabbits, who are often fed commercially produced feeder pellets, don’t develop a gamey taste.

Many people who’ve tried farmed rabbit characterize its taste as chicken-like.

 Rabbit Has More Protein than Many Other Common Choices

Your dog needs quite a bit of protein to remain healthy and happy, so it is often a good idea to opt for meats that contain the most protein per ounce possible. Rabbit definitely fits this bill, as it contains 6.1 grams of protein per ounce. This means that rabbit has more protein per unit than chicken, turkey, beef, duck, lamb, or pork.

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 Rabbit May Be a Good Choice for Dogs with Food Allergies

Many dogs struggle with the itchy skin, poor coat condition, and (less frequently) intestinal disturbances caused by food allergies. Often, the primary protein used in a dog food — usually chicken, beef or pork — turns out to be the allergic trigger.

To help allergic dogs feel better, it is often necessary to switch their diet to one based on a novel protein they’ve never been exposed to. Rabbit works quite well in this context, as relatively few dog foods are made with rabbit meat.

 Rabbit Meat Is Full of Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is important for your dog’s nervous system and energy level. And while most dog foods are supplemented with B vitamins (among others), it is always preferable to obtain vitamins directly from the ingredients included in a given food. Rabbit is packed with B12, making it a fantastic protein source for dogs.

Things to Look for in Any Dog Food

Whether you are looking for a food made from rabbit, alligator, bison, or kangaroo, there are a few criteria you’ll want to satisfy when making your choice. It isn’t always possible to check off every box on the list with a single food, but do your best to find one that:

 Features a Whole Protein at the Beginning of the Ingredient List

Dogs need a food that is rich in protein, so you’ll want to select one that features a whole protein – rabbit, in this case – at the beginning of the ingredient list. Supplemental proteins, such as meat meals and byproducts, are excellent additions, but they should be listed farther down the ingredient list.

 Is Made Without Artificial Colors, Flavors, or Preservatives

Artificial additives are unnecessary and potentially problematic ingredients which have no place in a high-quality dog food. Foods made with tasty ingredients don’t need artificial flavors, your dog doesn’t care what color his food is, and dog foods can be preserved naturally with vitamins and mixed tocopherols.

 Not Contain Any Unidentified (or Poorly Identified) Meat Meals or Byproducts

As mentioned above, meat meals and meat byproducts can be valuable ingredients to include in a dog food recipe. However, they must always be properly labelled so that you know what your dog is getting. For example, foods made with “rabbit meal” are fine; foods made with “meat meal” should be avoided.

 Is Manufactured in a Country with High Safety and Quality-Control Standards

You always want to be confident that the food you give your dog is safe and properly made. And while there is no fool-proof way of doing so, sticking to foods made in countries with high safety and quality-control standards will help greatly. This essentially means picking foods made in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or Western Europe.

 Is Fortified with Probiotics

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that colonize your dog’s intestinal tract. They help your dog digest food, try to outcompete harmful bacteria, and encourage problem-free digestion. Many of the best foods contain several probiotic strains, but you can always purchase a stand-alone supplement if necessary.

 Includes Ingredients That Contain Chondroitin and Glucosamine

Chondroitin and glucosamine are two compounds that help to protect your dog’s joints. And because many dogs suffer from joint problems as they age (including osteoarthritis and hip dysplasia, among others), feeding your dog a diet that contains ingredients with these substances can help prevent your dog from suffering these types of problems.   

Contains Plenty of Antioxidant-Rich Fruits and Vegetables

Dogs don’t need a ton of fruits and vegetables, but they do require some. This will help ensure they get all of the vitamins, minerals, and cell-protecting antioxidants that they need. Many antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables – such as blueberries, pumpkin, and pomegranate – also improve the taste of the food.

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As you can see, rabbit dog foods are attractive for several different reasons, so you may want to consider giving one a try. Any of the eight products analyzed above should suit your dog well, so go ahead and pick your favorite. Just be sure to switch foods slowly and keep your vet in the loop anytime you make a substantive change in your dog’s diet.

Have you ever tried a rabbit-based dog food for your dog? How’d he like it? Did you stick with it and make the switch permanent? Let us know about your experiences – including the exact product you tried – in the comments below.

Last update on 2018-12-15 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

About the Author Ben Team

Ben is a proud dog owner and lifelong environmental educator who writes about animals, outdoor recreation, science, and environmental issues. He lives with his beautiful wife and spoiled-rotten Rottweiler JB in Atlanta, Georgia. Read more by Ben at FootstepsInTheForest.com.

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