OXBOW Alfalfa Hay
Grown for their vitamin and nutrient density, alfalfa hays are a superior source of nutrition for small animals. Oxbow Alfalfa Hay is higher in calcium, protein, and energy than grass hays. This makes it much more palatable. Because of this, they stimulate the appetite and are useful for small animals that are young or lactating Alfalfa hay is also perfect for small animals who are ill or post surgery. For mature pets, small amounts of alfalfa hay can be fed as a nutritional treat, but not as a long term diet.
Oxbow's Alfalfa hay is carefully baled at night, so the leaves and stems are softer. Alfalfa is also a source of important minerals, including phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulfur, iron, zinc and selenium.
Why We Recommend It:
- High in fiber, regulates digestive functions
- High in protein, energy and calcium, needed for growing bones
- Perfect for lactating animals or young animals
- Succulent taste is a strong appetite stimulant that is great for ill or post surgery animals
- Baled at night to create a soft, supple product
- A dense source of essential nutrients and vitamins
Ingredients: 100% Alfalfa Hay. Preservative and additive free. Loose hay contains stems, leaves, and limited seed heads.
- Crude Protein min 16.00%
- Crude Fat min 1.50%
- Crude Fiber max 32.00%
- Moisture max 15.00%
Growing Animals (under 6 months): Unlimited amounts, plus free choice grass hay.
Mature Animals: Occasional small amounts.
Nursing Females: Unlimited amounts in addition to free choice grass hay.
Alfalfa Hay should only be offered carefully to mature rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and prairie dogs due to the higher protein and calcium content. Many vets believe that animals prone to kidney stones, bladder stones or calcium crystals in their urine should always avoid alfalfa.
- Alfalfa Hay can be used to help animals gain weight and will give a nice shine to their fur.
- Elderly animals should be fed foods they enjoy, such as alfalfa, when considering quality of life.
- Alfalfa Hay can be used in small amounts as an appetite stimulant for thin or convalescing animals.
- Rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas under six months of age can be given Alfalfa Hay daily.
- After six months of age an animal should begin a gradual transition to 100% grass hay such as Oat Hay, Western Timothy, Orchard Grass or Bunny Brome.
Feeding Guidelines: Alfalfa Hay can be fed daily to growing animals as 25% of their total dietary intake. Adult animals should be limited to a SMALL pinch as a treat.