What's Up Doc? Rabbit teeth and the importance of diet - Call the Vet #32
Dental disease in rabbits is one of the most common problems they develop. It is also a big reason that a rabbit may need to be euthanized while they are still relatively young.
Understanding why tooth problems develop and how to prevent then can ensure your rabbit lives a long and happy life!
Is it normal for my bunnies teeth to be brown? - Aryanna
For choking rodents, that is, rabbits, Guinea pigs, rats, and mice, what can I do? - Maria
When young then rabbit’s teeth normally very white. The teeth can though discolor as they age but extreme discoloration may well be a sign of an underlying problem
Dental disease is a very common problem in rabbits. It is most often diet related. The biggest dietary problems are not enough roughage and low calcium
Rabbits teeth grow constantly - they need to be chewing all the time to wear down their teeth normally
If rabbit’s teeth become overgrown then they deform and develop sharp spurs that cut into their cheek + tongue
Low calcium causes poor calcification of teeth + skull. Thee teeth then shift and wear unevenly
Rabbit diet pyramid
Unlimited grass +/or hay (Timothy, Orchard Grass, Oat Hay - not alfalfa) - 80%
Fresh greens - a daily variety of dandelion, nettle, chickweed, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage - 12%
Limited high-quality pellets - not museli mix - 6%
Occasional treats 1-2 times/week - fruit - 2%
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