Dental care is an essential part of our daily lives – but although we are all used to brushing and flossing, the dental care of our rabbits requires special attention.
PDSA Veterinary Nurse Nina Downing said: “Good dental care is essential for all pets, but rabbits need special attention when it comes to caring for their teeth. Our bouncing bunnies can be prone to painful dental issues, unfortunately aggravated in many cases by selective breeding and insufficient hay feeding.
“Rabbits need hay – it’s the most important part of their diet. Not only is it well-balanced and full of fibre, but it’s very important for keeping your rabbits teeth healthy – a poor diet can contribute to dental disease in rabbits.Unlike human teeth, theirs grow constantly throughout their lives, so they must spend a lot of time nibbling and chewing to wear them down. don’t constantly wear down by browsing, they will begin to proliferate.The roots of the teeth can grow back into the jawbone and skull and the teeth can grow agonizing jagged spurs that cut into their mouth and tongue.
“It is therefore essential that you provide your rabbit with plenty of good quality hay. We work with Burgess Pet Care to promote the welfare needs of rabbits and small animals, and recommend feeding Burgess Excel Feeding Hay with dandelion and marigold, while allowing them to graze on the grass that grows in their race. You can also give them fresh vegetables like cabbage, broccoli and peppers, as well as just one tablespoon of rabbit nuggets a day, two if it’s a large breed. Choose a good quality complete rabbit nugget to supplement his daily hay intake, to ensure he gets all the nutrients he needs.
Regular dental check-ups
“It’s not always easy to examine your rabbits mouth – in most cases we can only see their front teeth. If they’re overgrown or growing in a strange direction, it’s likely that the teeth further back also grow in a strange way and will cause problems and pain.
“Have your rabbits teeth checked regularly by your veterinarian a few times a year. They’ll use a special instrument to closely examine your furry friends’ back teeth, check their mouths for any ulcers or bumps, and assess whether their teeth may be overgrowing at home – your vet will have the right equipment for the job, and you might do a lot of harm to your rabbit. Your vet will have the right equipment for the job, and you could do your rabbit a lot of harm.
Spot the signs of dental disease
“Rabbits instinctively hide pain and discomfort, so unfortunately dental disease can often go unnoticed for a long time. wetness around the mouth.You may also notice weight loss, grinding of teeth, a lumpy jaw, loss of appetite, diarrhea, change in behavior, or a buildup of caecotrophs (sticky poo) around their buttocks Grooming can become difficult for rabbits with dental problems, so they may seem more unkempt Make an appointment with your veterinarian immediately, so they can get help quickly.
Unfortunately, certain breeds of rabbits can be more prone to problems. Those who were bred to have a flatter face shape with a shorter nose and jaw have less space in their mouths, so the teeth become misaligned, preventing them from wearing down when chewing. These rabbits often need regular visits to the vet. ”
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