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Tooth extractions

Discussion in 'Rabbits' started by HowardC, Nov 3, 2020.


  1. HowardC

    HowardC PetForums Newbie

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    Hi Folks. My rabbit is 10 and unfortunately has malformed rear teeth that are causing pain. He has been on soft food diet for 6 months and his health otherwise is good. He has started metacam to relieve pain in teeth area. I just wanted to find out if other bunnies have had all teeth removed?
     
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    Non of mine have had teeth removed, but I would have thought it would ruin their digestive tract as they can no longer eat hay to keep their gut moving?
     
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    Has he always had molar issues? It VERY unusual to only diagnose malocclusion late in life. At that age its usually down to poor diet or disease.

    Its very, VERY rarely recommended to have molars removed. Its an extremely painful operation with long term care needed post-op. You would have to question the ethics around putting even a young rabbit through such a thing, let along a senior one.

    What do the x-rays show? Are their abscesses present?

    Are you going to a rabbit specialist?
     
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    Very sorry you're going through this.
    Just to echo the above really, my vet thinks it's unethical to remove the back teeth.
    It might be time to evaluate his quality of life.
     
  5. HowardC

    HowardC PetForums Newbie

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    I rescued him 2 years ago from an Facebook posting. Not sure of his past history but he’s been seeing my vet regularly for over a year who has been filing his teeth down. Last 6 months he’s gone on to softened good quality pellets and occasional fruit. He’s in good spirits and lively. His poo etc is normal since his new diet no runny poo at all. I have him now booked in this Friday to see a specialist rabbit vet to get a second opinion. He is on metacam now for pain relief.
     
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    Will be interesting to see what they say. Has he had dental x-rays?

    Its a far more complex operation compared to tooth removal in humans or dogs and cats, due to the fact the teeth grow constantly. Bone as well as tooth needs to be removed and its a lot of pain to put an animal through.

    I certainly would never put a rabbit through it.
     
  7. HowardC

    HowardC PetForums Newbie

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    No not yet and to be honest I don’t want that either. Will be interesting to see her suggestions. He’s out tonight running around the lounge as normal the metacam helps Im sure.
     
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    HowardC PetForums Newbie

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    Update. The vet burred his teeth so they are not pressing his tongue and cheeks now. He is recovery back home. Not eating just nibbling but drinking well. I’m encouraging him to eat and I think today we hope to see him eating more. He seems his usual self especially when he sees my female rabbit.
     
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    Update. Jasper is doing very well he is eating as normal and his poo is becoming normal again too. Always risky with anaesthetic I did not realise the more times they go under it the increased risks go up!
     
  10. HowardC

    HowardC PetForums Newbie

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    Hi Everyone,
    Just an update that Jasper has fully recovered as you see in his pic took today! Teeth burring ethics vary between vets but he has had teeth burring now 3/4 times this year and has pain killer each time. One vet questioned ethics but another said his quality of life was very good so why not.
     

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    Nonnie PetForums VIP

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    But what are the options if you dont burr? PTS i would imagine.

    Surely its better to take the risk and give them a quality of life, rather than just simply cut it short.

    Doesnt make sense to question the ethics as the other option is death.
     
  12. HowardC

    HowardC PetForums Newbie

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    I agree with you I think with technology now for animals as well as humans it’s easier to treat any animal more easily.
     
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