Rabbit and Guinea Pig Dental Care
Have you ever wondered why your Guinea Pig or Rabbit is always gnawing on something?
Rabbits and Guinea Pigs have teeth that continually grow throughout their life, poor diet can often result in their front teeth and check teeth becoming overgrown. Biting, chewing, gnawing and grinding of food especially hays, grasses and abrasive foods will assist in keeping your Rabbit or Guinea Pigs teeth at a healthy length.
It is vital that Rabbits and Guinea Pigs receive a nutritious diet to aid in keeping those upper and lower incisors strong, healthy and trimmed. You can help to keep their teeth healthy by providing them with an adequate amount of vitamin C, lots of fresh grass, hay, abrasive foods including celery, broccoli, carrots, stringed beans, corn and husks.
Both Rabbits are Guinea Pigs are favourable to the following:
- Carrot tops
- Grass and Hay
It is suggested that you should offer your Rabbit or Guinea Pigs a variety of only 2 or 3 different greens each day as this will help to keep their teeth healthy and also reduce any chance of an upset tummy.
If your Rabbit or Guinea Pig does not have enough to gnaw on this is when dental problems can occur and their teeth can become overgrown to the extent where the teeth can cut into the gums and cause abscesses and even prevent them from eating altogether.
We recommend that you regularly check your Rabbit and Guinea Pigs teeth and if you notice anything broken, swollen or irritated or your pet is eating less then contact your local Greencross Vet immediately.