Dental problems in rabbits can quickly become severe as rabbits have continuously growing teeth which can grow as fast as 2mm per week. If the teeth become misaligned they can grow unevenly causing painful spikes on the molar teeth pointing towards the tongue or cheeks, or overgrowth of the incisors curling round into the mouth or forwards from the mouth impeding the rabbits ability to pick up food.
Likelihood of an individual having dental problems is partly to do with conformation and breeding and partly to do with diet. It is extremely important to have rabbits on a good quality, high fibre diet as close to a wild rabbit diet as possible ie plenty of grass, hay and fibrous greens and a smaller amount of other veg and a preferably pelleted high fibre food as most rabbits are selective feeders and will pick the tastier pieces out of a mixed diet leaving the other essentials behind.
If you notice your rabbit having trouble eating/picking up food or any sign of drool around the mouth, chin or dewlap or wiped onto the inside of the front paws, it is advised to bring the rabbit in for a check up.
Manor Vets 24 Hour
115 Kent Road
Tel: 0121 422 5411
Vets & nurses on premises 24 hours a day, 365 days a year Tel: 0121 422 5411
At Manor Vets we are different to most veterinary practices because we have experienced vets and nurses on the premises around the clock every day of the year.
This enables us to deal with surgical and medical emergencies that arise during the night, as well as continued monitoring and care of hospitalised and critically ill patients.
We are fortunate at Manor Vets to have an amazing team of committed, talented and enthusiastic staff.