Dental Treatments – Rabbits

We know that many owners may have concerns taking their pet home after an anaesthetic or surgical procedure. Please remember that you do not have to feel that you are on your own. Our trained staff are there to offer all the advice and support you may need. Dental procedures are carried out under a full general anaesthetic. Your rabbit may be sleepy and a bit unsteady for the next 12-24 hours and should be placed in a warm, dry bed free from draughts. Plenty of good quality hay or straw should be provided which allows your rabbit to insulate itself and also provides an immediate source of food. Your rabbit should be encouraged to eat and drink as soon as possible after coming home. Take care however that it does not knock over its water bowl if it has one – wet rabbits lose body heat very quickly.

During the dental procedure an individual chart is compiled of your rabbit’s mouth and any treatments are recorded. (See below).

Tooth Problems

  • Missing Tooth
  • Trimmed
  • Extracted Tooth
  • Fractured Tooth

Treatments Performed

  • Incisor Trimming
  • Cheek Tooth Trimming
  • Occlusal
  • Equilibration
  • Extractions (teeth)
  • Radiography

Routine Home Dental Care

Rabbits require a tough, fibrous diet in order to wear down their continually growing teeth. Dry rabbit pellets and plenty of hay should be provided. Free access to growing grass and provision of other fresh vegetables in moderation is recommended. Avoid sweet fruit and large quantities of cabbage and other brassicas. Rabbits enjoy stripping the bark off pieces of non-toxic wood (e.g. apple twigs). This helps to keep the incisor teeth short and sharp.

Weight loss, inappetance, excessive salivation, lumps around the face and discharge from the nose or eyes may all be signs of dental disease. Check your rabbit’s front teeth weekly. If they seem longer than usual, or there are any other abnormalities, please make an appointment for a vet to check your rabbit’s mouth.