Rabbit teeth have no enamel, wear down quickly and grow continuously. Their diet plays an important role in keeping their teeth worn down. As the rabbit chews hay, the grinding action and abrasive texture helps keep the premolars and molars worn down. An improper diet can cause tooth problems, such as spurs, in as little as a few days. Grass hay and greens wear the teeth down much more than pelleted diets do.
|Speculum used to do a complete oral exam.|
Annual exams are important so the veterinarian can visualize the cheek teeth to make sure spurs have not developed. If spurs are present, the rabbit will need to be anesthetized so those spurs can be filed down. Medications, such as antibiotics and/or pain medication, may be prescribed.
If you notice your rabbit not eating well, drooling or producing fewer or smaller fecal pellets, these may be signs of an oral problem. Call Kingsbrook Animal Hospital at 301-631-6900 so we may assist in helping your rabbit feel better.