Get your teeth into dental care tips for rabbits
February 14, 2020
Rabbits’ teeth are pretty much their USP – just look at Bugs Bunny or Roger Rabbit. But they can also be problematic, given that they never stop growing and sometimes, in domestic pets, they need to be kept in check by artificial means.
So, as it’s National Pet Dental Health Month, it seems appropriate to look a bit deeper into your rabbit’s oral health and what issues you may need to be aware of to ensure there are no problems in that department. The team at Christchurch is here to give a few pointers, but if you’ve any questions after reading this, don’t hesitate to contact us for advice.
The best thing you can do for your rabbit’s dental health is make sure they eat plenty of the fibrous foods that help keep their fast-growing teeth at the right length. Those front incisors grow at something like 2mm a week, so there’s a lot of chewing to be done to keep them ground down.
If they’re not at the right length it can have a knock-on effect for the rest of the teeth, causing problems such as impaction and inflammation.
Diet is the key here. Our head nurse Lisa says hay is the most important weapon against overgrown teeth in rabbits, so feed your pet plentiful amounts, along with darker leafy vegetables including broccoli and cabbage.
Be careful when it comes to carrots as they contain a lot of sugar, while some types of lettuce leaves, including iceberg, are actually capable of harming your pet, so do check with the team on 01202 485880 if you’re in any doubt about what you should and shouldn’t feed your rabbit.
But why not arrange to get your bunny’s chompers checked by booking an appointment with one of our nurses? They’ll be able to give you the full lowdown on the best foods and general care at the same time.