Application of Hay Science

Application of Hay Science


One way veterinarians can improve the nutritional management of their small herbivore patients is to educate their clients about hay. 

Feeding Physiology

Additional Reading
  1. Chiou PW, Chang LinBY: Effect of different components of dietary fiber on the intestinal morphology of domestic rabbits. Comp Biochem Physio 108A(4): 629-638, 1994.
  2. Irlbeck NA: How to feed the rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) gastrointestinal tract. J Anim Sci 79 (E Suppl):343-346, 2001.
  3. Van Soest PJ: Allometry and ecology of feeding behavior and digestive capacity of herbivores: A review revisited. Proc Comparative Nutrition Society, 2002, p 5.
  4. Oregon State University, Forage Information System. Available at Accessed Dec 21, 2002.


Dawn Hromanik
Oxbow Pet Products
Murdock, Nebraska

Dawn Hromanik graduated with a BS in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University where she worked as an animal caretaker in Laboratory Animal Science at the College of Veterinary Medicine and as a lab technician in the nonruminant nutrition laboratory at the Department of Animal Sciences. Following graduation, she worked for a farmers’ cooperative feed company as a Livestock Production Specialist developing feeding rations and animal health programs. She served as Director of Nutrition and Product Development for Oxbow Pet Products.  Dawn’s special area of interest is nutritional management of uroliths in guinea pigs and rabbits.