Rabbit teeth

Always eating!

 A rabbit’s digestive system is always on the move, their teeth are designed for constant chomping. Rabbits are known for their sweet little chewing and whilst it may look cute, it also serves a very important purpose.

Why this chewing is so important?

Rabbit’s teeth continually grow and are worn down by the action of chewing. If the upper and lower teeth don’t meet, they will then grow unevenly, which can result in the incisors growing to astonishing lengths and the molars can develop spurs (sharp points).

These spurs will keep growing and will dig into their cheeks and tongue every time they eat. This will be extremely painful, and your rabbit will then be reluctant to eat, and if not treated this condition will be fatal.

Not only do your cute little bunnies have to contend with spurs, but a lot of rabbits also experience teeth problems below the gumline, in the bone of the jaw, resulting in root infections which often cause abscesses.

How can I help my rabbit?

Its important to always know what signs to look out for to help relive your rabbit of any possible pain (see symptoms below). 
We advise getting your rabbit’s teeth checked every six months. Dental disease often goes unnoticed for a long time because rabbits instinctively hide pain and discomfort.

Common symptoms often include:

  • Weight loss

  • A dirty bottom (grooming becomes difficult and painful)

  • Diarrhoea or soft faeces

  • Drooling

  • Reduced appetite

  • Weepy eyes

  • Teeth grinding

  • A bumpy jawline

  • A runny nose

  • Less active/quiet

  • Long/deformed/broken teeth.

If you notice any of these please contact your vet straight away.

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