Rabbits can make great pets, and more households than ever are making them part of the family. As rabbit teeth grow throughout their lives, making sure their dental health is looked after is a key part of keeping any rabbit healthy and happy. This is often managed by feeding a high fibre diet – don’t forget a rabbit’s diet should be 90% hay or grass! In many rabbits, however, teeth overgrow and need veterinary care.
Here at Companion Care we want to help you keep your rabbit’s mouth as healthy as possible, by promoting great ways to keep your rabbit’s teeth under control, as well as helping with our veterinary services when home care isn’t enough.
The normal rabbit mouth
Rabbits have 28 teeth, 16 on top and 12 on the bottom. The most noticeable of these are the four incisors, the long teeth at the very front of the mouth. The back teeth are known as the ‘cheek teeth’.
Rabbits are different from cats and dogs because their teeth grow throughout their lives, and can grow up to 12cm a year! This is because their natural high-fibre diet wears down their teeth over time. Giving an appropriate diet to pet rabbits is important to make sure this process still occurs.