Here’s how to keep your smaller pet’s teeth in top condition.
The key to dental care in our smaller pets is their diet. Guinea pigs’ and rabbits’ teeth constantly grow. For this reason, they need to have uninterrupted access to foods that help them keep the growth in check. When they grind their food, they wear down their teeth. Their constant chewing will make their upper and lower incisors strong and keep them trimmed. This is critically important as, if these teeth grow without maintenance, it can be very uncomfortable for your pet.
Which foods help?
The way rabbits’ and guinea pigs’ teeth grow is the key reason why they need a good supply of grass hay in their enclosure. This food is the best thing for them to constantly chew on and keep their teeth at a manageable length. Hay should make up 80% of their diet, but you can also include foods like carrot tops, celery and other fruits and vegetables for them to work on their teeth maintenance and to enjoy variety in their food.
What are the signs of poor dental health?
It’s good to check your pet’s mouth about once a week. Make sure your rabbit or guinea pig is nice and calm, then gently look inside their mouth. Keep an eye out for teeth that are too long or broken, inflamed gums and any swelling. If you spot any of these signs, immediately take them to your local Greencross Vets. You’ll want to do the same if you notice that they’re eating less than normal.
If you need more help choosing your pet’s diet to best help their dental health, feel free to chat to your local Petbarn team member in store or check out our range of food for small pets online.