Lifesaving dental advice for rabbits
February 14, 2021
Did you know that dental issues in rabbits can become life-threatening very quickly?
Rabbits tend to graze almost continuously so when dental health problems affect their ability to eat, some rabbits can develop severe GI Stasis within 12 hours of not eating, which can be fatal.
As February is Pet Dental Health Month, our veterinary team has this potentially lifesaving advice for rabbit owners in Dorset.
Spotting pain and dental health problems in rabbits can be very tricky to the untrained eye. A rabbit’s instinct is to hide pain and discomfort to avoid showing any sign of weakness as in the wild, this would make them a target for predators.
As a rabbit owner, it’s important for you to keep a lookout for any, or a combination of the below symptoms. Take note of your rabbit’s general health, as well as how the inside of their mouth looks.
Symptoms can include:
- Loss of weight
- A reduced appetite
- A dirty bottom (grooming becomes difficult & painful)
- Diarrhoea or unusually soft faeces
- Weepy eyes
- Grinding teeth
- Bumpy jawline
- Runny nose
- They are less active or quiet
- Long, deformed, misaligned, or broken teeth
Call us on 01202 485880 if your rabbit has any or some of the above symptoms.
Some rabbits can go 3-4 days without food in extreme situations, however, with the risk of developing severe GI Stasis within just 12 hours of not eating, you should contact your veterinary practice as soon as you have concerns.
Diet plays a big part in oral health and a poor diet lacking fibre is the biggest cause of dental disease in rabbits. Make sure your rabbit eats enough grass and hay to avoid their teeth overgrowing and causing problems.
Try and make sure your rabbit is checked over every 6-12 months so your vet can monitor their general and oral health, including checking the teeth at the back of your rabbit’s mouth.
Contact us if you’re concerned about your rabbit’s teeth or mouth.