I'm looking after a friends rabbit and her lower teeth seem really long. They are poking the top of her mouth. It also seems to affect her eating as she cannot eat carrots or anything large without me having to cut it smaller. My friend says that she has just had the rabbits teeth clipped less than a week ago. Is it possible that her teeth have just grown this fast or it's possibly not the truth. Should I take her to the vets? She also gets fur wrapped around her teeth very often. Is there a way to avoid this? I have tried taking a picture but she doesn't want me near her mouth so sorry if it's not clear.
This is a very common problem with rabbits as their teeth are 'open rooted' meaning they keep on growing.
Some rabbits I have known need to have their teeth burred approximately every 6 weeks. If the rabbit is habing trouble eating they are definitely too long and need to go to a vet ASAP. With rabbits, it is imperative that they are able to constantly eat, to prevent a serious condition called 'gut stasis'. They are not like cats or dogs, where they can skip a meal and be fine.
Also, if the incisor teeth are overgrown, tjen there is a chance the molars may also be overgrown and be shaped in to 'spurs' causing ulcers on the inside of the cheeks, causing further pain and discomfort.
To prevent the hair from becoming tangled, the teeth being kept at an adequate length will help, as it is caused by the rabbit grooming themself, something they must be allowed to do.
To help the teeth remain short, chew blocks can be provided and they MUST have adequate fibre in their diet. Meaning approximately 90% of their diet should be good quality hay or grass, a small amount of vegetables and only an egg cup size quality pellets per day. They can easily eat a pile double their own size in hay per day, it is often misunderstood how important this is and how it can help the teeth.
I hope this helps