WE ARE NOW OPEN FULL HOURS FOR ALL PATIENTS AND ARE INVITING PEOPLE INTO THE PRACTICE ONCE AGAIN. As of the 24th July 2020, we have been welcoming a limited number of clients into the practice. Video consults are still available for those who wish to reduce their contact with others or who are self isolating. For the safety of all people who enter the practice, we have installed perspex screens in certain areas. We are only allowing a maximum of 2 households (2 people per household max.) into the premises at any one time. Please be aware that only one person may be able to accompany a pet into the consultation room itself (the other person may need to wait in reception). We are also asking that all visitors and clients wear a mask at all times when in the practice. There are exceptions for those who may struggle with these measures and please do call if you have any concerns. Please see here for the information emails sent to our clients about this situation.
We found this today with our new mouth and ear scope. A 1 year 6 month old rabbit, currently eating OK.
The picture shows a tooth spur (shown in the red square).
A rabbit's teeth are constantly growing. If the teeth are not worn down - usually because they are not eating enough hay - they will form spikes on the edges - called spurs.
If we do not stop the overgrowth of teeth, the spurs will continue to grow either into the tongue, or above the tongue, pinning the tongue to the floor of the mouth - both very painful!!
A rabbit's diet should be 80-90% hay. Chewing hay grinds their ever-growing teeth down to a safe level. These very painful spurs can otherwise develop really quickly. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more advice on keeping your rabbit's teeth in check!