Did you know rabbit teeth grow continually throughout their life?
Therefore, a rabbits diet and what they chew on is not only important for nutrition, but it's also important for maintaining their dental health.
Rabbits have 28 total teeth that never stop growing.
If the rabbit does not continually chew and wear down those teeth they get too long.
In fact, the teeth can get so long that they will actually prevent the rabbit from being able to eat anything at all.
To learn more about proper dental care for domestic rabbits and understand why wild rabbits seem to chew everything in sight, let's look a little closer at a rabbit's lifestyle.
Rabbits are gnawing herbivores that eat grasses, small twigs, branches, bushes and almost any other type of vegetation. These types of plants or shrubs are typically found around your house for decorative reasons and they make a perfect habitat for rabbits.
Your plants, bushes or shrubs not only provide their nutritional needs, but it's also the perfect vegetation to gnaw on to keep their teeth from becoming too long.
This is why you see rabbits constantly chewing on your bushes or other landscaping items around your house.
Domestic or pet rabbits a more likely to have tooth issues when compared to a wild rabbit. It's not that wild rabbits can't have tooth problems, but the ability to fully study this issue in a wild population is not reasonable.
However, domestic rabbits can have issues if their owner doesn't provide enough hay, grass or vegetation for the rabbit to gnaw on to keep their teeth worn down.
Pellet food alone for rabbits will not provide enough abrasive material to promote healthy rabbit teeth.
The pellets are easily broken down by the rabbit's molars therefor not providing enough abrasion to grind down the teeth.
If your rabbit's teeth have become too long they can be trimmed however, I would recommend a trained professional do the trimming. If you trim them improperly or make a mistake, it's possible to crack or damage the tooth.
Whether you have a pet rabbit at home or wild rabbits seem to be chewing everything in sight, rabbits have teeth that require constant maintenance and attention.
Unfortunately, what's good for a rabbit's tooth is not always good for your landscaping and shrubs……..but now at least you know why!