Debbie Gomes – Veterinary Nurse.
Unlike dogs and cats, rabbits’ teeth grow continuously which means it is imperative to give them the appropriate herbivorous diet which is high in fibre and gives them plenty to chew to wear their teeth naturally. A rabbits diet should consist of 80-90% hay or grass, good quality pellets and a small amount of green leaf vegetables, for example:
- carrot tops
- brussel sprouts
- spinach leaves
- bok choy
- as well as herbs including parsley, coriander, mint, dill and basil
It is also of utmost importance to have their teeth checked regularly too (every 6 months if no pre-existing problems or more frequently if advised by the vet). This is so we can check the teeth are wearing normally and we can see at an early stage if there are any minor issues before they become major.
Things we predominantly look for are:
- Malocclusion (misalignment) of the incisors (front teeth)
- Split or broken teeth
- Spurs on the cheek teeth
Problems that can occur include:
- The incisors just keep growing
- Spurs on the cheek teeth cut into the inside of the rabbits’ mouth causing considerable pain as would broken or split teeth
These problems will then lead to your rabbit being unable to eat. As some of you are well aware this causes a condition called gut stasis in which the digestive system slows down or stops altogether and is potentially life threatening. Regular dental checks help you to help your rabbit stay as healthy as possible and prevent these problems.
For further information or dental assessment please call either clinic to discuss helping your pets to continue a happy, healthy and comfortable life for many years so that you can make many wonderful memories together.