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Dear Reba Rabbit

I have a saber-toothed rabbit. What can I do about the long tooth protruding from his mouth?

Reba Responds

That long tooth can be trimmed periodically – or extracted. It results from a malocclusion, the most common dental problem we rabbits experience.

Sometimes the malocclusion involves only our front teeth, called incisors, but often this problem is accompanied by malocclusion of the cheek teeth, known as pre-molars and molars.

To be sure your rabbit’s cheek teeth have no points that could inflict pain, have him checked by his veterinarian.

Our teeth grow continuously throughout life, lengthening about 0.4 inch every month.

Chewing on wood and toys usually maintains the proper length of our incisors, which are designed to cut food before our cheek teeth grind it.

But a malocclusion like the one your rabbit has allows the tooth to grow overly long.

It can be trimmed with a dog nail trimmer, although this technique sometimes splits the tooth, causing pain and infection. The alternative is to use a dental drill or Dremel tool with a sanding disc.

Either way, the tusk-like tooth must be re-trimmed every month or two, as it continues to grow.

A permanent solution is to surgically remove the incisors.

To determine the best course for your rabbit, see your veterinarian.

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