Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Cheek teeth Problems in Rabbits

Cheek teeth problems in rabbits happen from elongation occurring which is when normal wear doesn't properly occur. This could be due to the teeth not aligning properly.

This generally happens in middle-aged and older bunnies. Yet the younger bunnies are more likely to suffer something called congenital malocclusion.

The breeds who are at higher risk to suffer from congenital misalignment are dwarf and lops.

  • Unable to chew food
  • Anorexia
  • A preference for their water bowl to their sipper bottle
  • Excessive drooling
  • Nasal discharge
  • Excessive tear production
  • Pain
  • Tooth grinding

This tends to mainly be from ageing bunnies, due to the fact their teeth are always growing and they are living longer than the bunnies in the wild. This can occur from lack of fibrous, tough foods, as these allow them to properly grind their food. 


How it is treated, depends on how severe it is. An option is to have something called coronal reduction and in this they have their teeth trimmed down. 

Sometimes, extraction is necessary. They may be prescribed some different medications in which you will need to give to them. Make sure you go to the vets though to have them checked up to see what should be done. 

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