Dental disease – is my rabbit affected?

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Did you know that it’s not just dogs and cats that suffer from dental disease? However, what makes rabbits different is that they have continuously growing teeth, growing at a rate of 1-3mm per week!!

Dental disease is one of the commonest problems in rabbits and often occurs secondary to tooth overgrowth.

The incisor (front) teeth should normally meet. Is they become misaligned, they will grow past each other, leading to feeding problems.

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The cheek teeth can also become overgrown, developing sharp spikes which can lacerate the mouth.

Symptoms commonly include “slobbers” (saliva wetting around the mouth), decreased appetite and weight loos.

Dental disease can be painful and debilitating, so please come and see us if you are worried about your rabbit’s teeth.