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Dear Sir / Mdm

I had a male rabbit. It 1 year old now. I notice that he eat a little foods. I discover my rabbit teeth poking out. It this normal? Please help.

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I'm afraid that's not normal at all. Your rabbit has malocclusion, his teeth do not line up correctly. Most likely a genetic problem. You need to visit a vet IMMEDIATELY and I would recommend discussing having his front teeth removed as otherwise you need to go to the vet every 4-6 weeks to have them burred back down. Rabbits do very well without their front teeth.

But you do need to go to a vet immediately, do not allow the vet to cut the teeth as this can shatter the tooth right down into the jaw. This is not fixable at home and this will not get better on its own. Without being able to eat properly your rabbit will suffer, even die, from malnutrition.

Good luck!
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I can answer questions around the welfare of pet rabbits, basic health queries including gut stasis, diet worries, bonding questions and the proper welfare standards around housing rabbits (i.e. no wire floors, no small cages and they should be kept in properly bonded de-sexed pairs in very large enclosures). I cannot answer showing questions nor complex breeding issues as I do not agree with either, seeing the other end of the story in the world of rabbit rescue.

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I have two 7 year old rescue rabbits and volunteer for a well established rabbit rescue here in the UK, both physically doing cleaning out etc and I am also their events and awareness co-oordinator, helping educate the general public on proper rabbit keeping, this means I have to ensure all information I give is correct and matches current welfare standards.

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I belong to the RWAF (Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund) and volunteer for a major rabbit rescue.

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I have no formal education on this subject, however read everything I can to keep up to date with current welfare standards and health problems. Both my rabbits have sensitive guts and constantly keep me on my toes.

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