Thursday, February 2, 2012

Bunny Buck Teeth Need a Dental Exam, Too!

Most of us don't enjoy a trip to the dentist.  But at least for rabbits their annual vet exam is also a trip to the dentist since your vet can do it all. Rabbits should have their teeth examined once a year and some experts recommend twice a year for lops and dwarf breeds.  This month is National Pet Dental Health Month and a good time to remember to take your rabbit in for an annual check-up especially if your rabbit is older.  According to Anna Meredith MA VetMB at University of Edinburgh Royal School of Veterinary Studies “if rabbits are fed on fresh and dried grasses and other herbage, dental disease is generally rare. Unfortunately, the incidence [of dental disease] in some, particularly extreme dwarf and lop breeds, approaches 100% whatever their diet. See this article at BunnyHugga to find out why. 
A good resource describing  Common Dental Problems  (by Dana Krempels, Ph.D.) is worth reading especially if you are new to rabbits. The House Rabbit Society also explains dental problems in detail at an informative article online, When Teeth Turn to Tusks.  A video from Bunny Central shows how to trim teeth if the rabbit has a malocclusion at Trimming a Rabbit’s Teeth. (I still leave it up to a vet to do.) And, if you want to see complete illustration of a rabbit’s skull and  teeth visit MediRabbit.  So smile - a bit of prevention will go a long ways toward a healthy rabbit.