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Rabbit dentistry

Anna Meredith, University of Edinburgh

Dental disease is one of the commonest reasons for rabbits requiring veterinary attention. The author reviews the causes and treatment of dental problems which may produce a range of clinical signs including anorexia, weight loss, facial swelling, ocular discharge, lack of grooming, caecotroph accumulation and flystrike. But even in rabbits with no apparent clinical signs, a full dental examination should be carried out. As the majority of cases are preventable with a high fibre diet, the importance of client education is emphasised.

European Journal of Companion Animal Practice 17 (1): 55-62.

Abstract reproduced by kind permission of Veterinary Practice magazine.