Rabbit and guinea pig dental hygiene is very important to understand and maintain. Rabbits and guinea pigs have teeth that continually grow throughout their life, and a poor diet can often result in their front teeth and check teeth becoming overgrown.
Have you ever wondered why your guinea pig or rabbit is always gnawing on something?
Biting, chewing, gnawing and grinding of food especially hays, grasses and abrasive foods will assist in keeping your rabbit or guinea pig’s teeth at a healthy length.
It is vital that these pets are fed 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 and guinea pigs generally enjoy munching on:
- 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 pet 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.
Maintaining dental health
Rabbit and Guinea Pig dental care can be maintained by regularly checking their teeth and if you notice anything broken, swollen, irritated or if your pet is eating less, contact your local Greencross Vets immediately.