Sabertooth is a female dwarf x mini lop rabbit who is nearly two years old. She comes in monthly to have her overgrown incisors filed down and her owner Line also makes sure that Sabertooth is up to date with her vaccinations and preventatives - yes, just like dogs and cats.
Elongated incisors are frequently caused by genetics or the malocclusion of teeth. Malocclusion is where the teeth don’t align correctly and therefore wear down at different rates, which can cause issues eating, or, because rabbits’ teeth grow continuously, can mean that their teeth don’t wear down at all because they don’t come into contact with the opposing tooth.
What vaccinations can rabbits get? Rabbits can be prone to calicivirus, a disease spread via mosquito bites or contact with another infected rabbit. Symptoms of calicivirus are lack of appetite, lethargy and depression, and sometimes nosebleeds. If left untreated it can cause damage to a rabbit’s internal organs and in some cases, haemorrhaging. It can often be fatal if left unchecked. Luckily annual vaccinations and having mosquito-proof accommodation for your rabbit can help prevent calicivirus.
Line also makes sure the gorgeous Sabertooth has all her preventatives, an optimal diet of a combination of grains, grasses and vegetables, as well as having her desexed. Rabbits may be considered pocket pets, but they still require lots of attention and care - they can live up to 14 years of age in some cases, so it’s important to ensure they have the best possible life they can have - and Sabertooth certainly has that with Line.