At the Melbourne Rabbit Clinic we also recommend regular faecal tests for internal parasites and fur pluck examination for mites. This is included in our annual vaccination and general health check up consultations. Please bring along a fresh faecal sample for examination.
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Dental checkups every three to six months are a minimum depending on the state of your pet’s teeth. A dental check up is always included in a general health check up at the Melbourne Rabbit Clinic.
Rabbits have 28 teeth in total, while guinea pigs have 20 teeth.
Rabbits and guinea pigs teeth are open-rooted which means that they are constantly growing at an astonishing rate of 3-4mm per week. Inadequate wear of the teeth can lead to malocclusion, spurs, mouth ulcers and anorexia.
A diet high in fibre is essential to provide dental exercise and help prevent dental disease.
Ask your vet to perform a dental checkup with oral scope on your pet now!
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For our geriatric patients (rabbits that are older than six years, guinea pigs that are older than four years) a three to four monthly veterinary check up is recommended. This enables early signs of disease to be picked up and treatment commenced as soon as possible.
Pet rabbits can live to the age of eight to twelve years old, and pet guinea pigs can live to the age of six to ten years, and we hope to travel with your family through your journey with your pet to an old age. Remember that one ‘rabbit/guinea pig year’ is equivalent to 8-10 ‘human years’.
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There are easy things that you as an owner can monitor at home to ensure that your pet rabbits and guinea pigs are well. The following can be done as you play with your pets and as you clean their environment. They include:
Rabbit – Normal Front Teeth
Guinea Pig – Normal Front Teeth
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