Dental disease

Why do I need to look after my rabbit’s teeth?

A rabbit’s digestive system is specifically designed to eat grass.

The teeth grow constantly throughout life, worn down continuously by chewing.

This means that if your rabbit isn’t eating healthily and doing enough chewing, the teeth can overgrow.

What will happen if my rabbits teeth are overgrown?

Rabbits with overgrown teeth may still eat to begin with, but have runny eyes, a mucky bottom, or dribbling.

As the teeth worsen the rabbit will have weight loss, reduced appetite and digestive upsets.

How can I tell if my rabbit has healthy teeth?

We can look inside the rabbit’s mouth using a scope to look for obvious problems with the teeth.

However we cannot see all of the teeth right at the back without giving the rabbit an anaesthtic.

What happens if my rabbit does get dental disease?

If your rabbit has mild tooth overgrowth, gradually changing the diet to exclusively hay, grass and greens may allow the teeth to wear down.

If your rabbit has significant dental disease, we would need to give the rabbit a general anesthetic and dental procedure to rectify the overgrown teeth.

What happens when my rabbit has a dental?

Your pet will be checked over in the admit appointment and we will ask you some questions to make sure there are no reasons not to do a dental your pet on that day. We will go through the consent form with you. Your pet will then be bought into hospital and made comfortable in a kennel.

Your rabbit will have a small area on the ear margin clipped and local anaesthetic applied, so a catheter can be placed. This allows us to give them fluids and medications via the catheter. The anaesthetic is given and the dental performed. Afterwards we will keep monitoring your pet until they can eat and drink to be sure they are ready to go home, usually mid afternoon.

What do I need to do after my rabbit has a dental?

Your pet will need to be kept warm and monitored the night after the operation. For rabbits it is particularly important to ensure that they are eating and passing faeces after the operation. It is also essential you make sure your pet rests, so restrict the area they are in to reduce running and jumping. They will have painkillers to take for several days after the operation. We will ask to check your pet over after the surgery. Generally the effects of the anaesthetic are no longer seen after one to two days.

How can the Healthy Pet Club help with dentals?

The Healthy Pet Club gives you a significant discount on dentals. Our Healthy Pet Club gives you a significant discount on the cost of the year’s vaccine, flystrike treatment, and includes food and some hay. It also allows you to spread the cost into monthly payments.