Rabbit dental care

June 30, 2008 4:36am CST
Have just got back from vets with my two year old bunny. She has an overbite and needs to go in for dental treatment. This is going to cost approx £100 and may need doing every few months, has anyone else suffered with this. I have been told to make sure lots of hay is included in diet to make rabbit grind teeth more.
3 responses
• United States
30 Jun 08
Poor little bunny. I've had a few rabbits and I haven't experienced this. I always make sure my current rabbit has a block of wood in his hutch to keep his teeth healthy. I don't know if that's proper or not but he seems to like to chew on it and his teeth look good.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
30 Jun 08
I hope he has hay too. The block of wood might be fun and it helps the incisors a little, but it does nothing for the molars.
• United States
30 Jun 08
He does have hay too.
• United States
8 Jul 08
Rabbits, guinea pigs, rodents have teeth that grow like our fingernails do and they have to have the teeth trimmed down. But you can avoid this by giving them cheap wooden treats to chew on the gringd those down naturally. Even a littletree branch form the yard can work. Rabbits love cherry wood to chew on..or apple wood! Find some fruoit woods and let the bunny chew! Then the vet visits for teeth care will go away!
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
30 Jun 08
Oh the joys of dental problems... Part of it is genetic, but part is also diet related. Including hay in the diet previously (rabbit should have a grass hay, as much as they want) might have helped, but maybe not. In any case, you should feed hay now for molar health and for digestive health. A lot of people think those little wood chews will actually help. They might wear down the incisors a bit, but they do nothing for the molars. I've seen molars go over a rabbit's tongue before because the owners did not feed hay. Hopefully the problem stays at the front teeth only though. The molar problems are worse. Best of luck with your rabbit and hope you see improvement!