Vital dental advice from The Vet Whetstone
June 21, 2019
Lifesaving dental advice for rabbits and other small pets
Many of the health problems we see in little furry creatures at The Vet Whetstone originate from dental problems, which is why it’s so important to keep a close eye on your pet’s teeth.
To help you out, this month we’re offering all our clients a nurse dental check, so we can give your pet an oral once-over.
Key facts about dental problems in petite pets
A small pet with dental problems may seem dull, hunched and generally disinterested. Most dental problems in little furry animals are linked to a lack of normal wear of the teeth. This is because their foods are often too low in fibre, causing uneven tooth wear and sharp enamel points, known as spurs.
This can often be corrected simply by changing your pet’s diet to a more natural, high-fibre one, such as grass and hay. If your furry companion does have significantly elongated teeth, then they will need trimming. But you should never be tempted to clip teeth or trim them yourself.
Signs of dental disease in small animals include:
- Not eating
- Weight loss
- Swelling of the jaw, particularly noticeable along the lower edge of the mandible
- Excessive salivation and drooling
- An inability to fully close the mouth
- Watery eye with matting of the hair in the corner
- Swollen appearance of the eye caused by infections behind the eyeball
The Vet Whetstone’s dietary suggestions for little pets
Don’t try muesli-style diets as these will cause long-term problems; a high-fibre diet is essential. You should not allow your hamster (or similar) to be a selective feeder. And only buy the highest quality products, if possible.
If you live in Whetstone and need some help, please don’t hesitate to call us. Albert and the team are always happy to help.