Q & A: Sparkly whites for bunnies

Q: Do I have to brush my bunny’s teeth to keep them clean?

A: No, you do not. If rabbits are fed good-quality hay daily, with the addition of limited amounts of extruded pellets and some greens and veggies, then their teeth should maintain themselves. Rabbit dental problems occur when they are not fed properly, especially if they are fed inadequate amounts of hay, which wears the teeth down. The teeth can then overgrow, becoming sharp enough to cut the tongue or cause abscesses – but brushing the teeth will not prevent these problems.

Dr Dorianne Elliott, veterinarian

Find more questions and answers in the April 2021 edition of Animaltalk magazine. You can choose between the printed and digital version on the CoolMags website.  Or, get your copy now from retail stores, including Checkers, Woolworths, Pick n Pay, and leading bookstores.

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