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Rabbit Tooth Problems

A rabbit’s teeth will grow constantly throughout their lives. In the wild, they have to eat a phenomenal amount of plant matter to stay alive, so as well as being incredibly tough their teeth need to be able to grow, to deal with the wear-and-tear this diet involves. By supplying your pets with a balanced diet that contains a good amount of roughage, you should be able to help your pet keep their teeth in check. Another option is to invest in a chew or a gnaw - these are specially-designed items that allow rabbits to wear down their teeth on something safely.

It's important that owners provide their pets with safe ways to wear down their teeth

If your rabbit is dribbling, has sores around its mouth, cuts on its body, or is not eating, then there may be a problem with their teeth. The teeth themselves may be uneven, broken, cracked or growing strangely. It’s best to take your rabbit to a vet if you suspect a tooth problem - not only can it be very uncomfortable, but issues that prevent your rabbit from eating need to be treated quickly and by a professional.

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Brenda, 7 September 2018

We rescued a Holland Lop that we named Colt. He had been inbred so that they could get a very small rabbit. He is under 3 pounds. By doing this, the breeders created a serious incisor malocclusion. His bottom incisors grew up in front of his eyes and his top incisors grew around into the roof of his mouth. He only had 1 peg tooth that was sharp like a toothpick. Instead of trimming them every 2 weeks as we had been doing, we decided to have the teeth extracted. It is the best decision we made for Colt. We dice his fruit and shred his veggies but everything else he eats just like every other rabbit.