What signs may I notice at home that may indicate my rabbit has oral disease?
- Reduced appetite, or not eating at all
- Reduced number of faecal pellets produced
- Reduced ability or inability to ingest caecotrophs – leading to a ‘messy bum.’
- Runny eyes
- Hypersalivation and drooling
- Facial swelling due to secondary dental abscess.
If you detect any of the above signs, please contact Abbey House Vets in Morley, Cleckheaton, Kippax, Rothwell and Croft House to book an appointment for a vet to examine your rabbit as soon as possible.
The vet has detected oral disease in my rabbit; what does this mean?
If the front teeth (incisors) are too long, these can be shortened, this is usually performed on a conscious rabbit, but this depends on temperament.
If there is malalignment of the incisors (meaning that they don’t contact each other when closed), then shortening the teeth may provide a temporary fix, but the extraction of all incisors may be more appropriate to prevent the need for regular burring – this is something your vet would advise you on.
If your vet suspects there is spurring (sharp edges) of the back-cheek teeth (molars), a general anaesthetic will be required to facilitate a thorough examination and treatment.
What can I do to help prevent oral disease in my rabbit?
Feed a well-balanced diet high in fibre; a rabbit’s diet should be mainly made up of hay (80-85%). As a guide, this means that a rabbit should eat their body size in hay a day. This increases grinding, oral wear and promotes gut movement.
Pellet foods are advised over a mixed muesli as rabbits will pick their favourite parts of the food, often leaving the most nutritional parts. Feed a maximum of one tablespoon per day for dwarf and standard rabbits and two tablespoons for giant breeds.
We are happy to answer any questions you may have, as well as advising you on the recommended products or dental diets for your pet. Contact your nearest Abbey House Vets in Rothwell, Cleckheaton, Batley, Kippax and our 24 hour veterinary hospital in Morley for a consultation.
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