Sooty's Big Dental Day

Sooty the rabbit had a dental today, her teeth were stopping her from eating

Sooty Dental

Sooty was presented to us with inappetence, which is very unusual as she loves her food! When rabbits go off their food it can be fatal as they can develop a condition called gut stasis (a painful and sometimes deadly condition meaning the digestive system has slowed down/stopped completely which causes bloat and excruciatingly painful abdominal pain). Sooty's owner noticed her unusual behaviour early on which meant it could be dealt with quickly. One of our vets gave her a thorough examination and noticed her molars had spurs which were rubbing against her tongue. We were sure this was the cause of her inappetence so she was booked in for a general anaesthetic and full dental examination.

Before the operation Sooty was examined by one of our nurses who recorded her pre op temperature, pulse and respiration. She was then placed into a oxygen chamber where she received oxygen for 30 mins. Sootys anaesthetic was administered via a injection just under the skin, she was closely monitored whilst this took affect.

Once she was anaesthetised, her eyes were lubricated, she was given subcutaneous fluids (to help keep her hydrated) and she was kept warm, with her temperature being checked regularly. Once the nurse was happy Sooty was stable, the vet started the dental surgery. The spurs on Sootys molars can be clearly seen on the images (The image on the left showing the spurs, the image on the right showing healthy looking molars). They have a very sharp tip and they are quite over grown, once they've been filed you can see they are now even and blunt.


Sootys anaesthetic was closely monitored throughout the surgery by a team of nurses who all assisted in her recovery. Once a rabbit has awoken from anaesthetic and it is safe to do so, they should be encouraged to start eating. Our in patients are offered a recovery diet in the form of a thick paste, we often syringe it to encourage the rabbit and prevent gut stasis.

Dental disease can normally be easily avoided in rabbits by providing a good quality diet. Atleast 80% of a rabbits diet should be a good quality hay. When shopping for your rabbits nuggets always select a good quality complete food. Don't forget your rabbit will also benefit from fresh greens and herbs, but these MUST be fed in moderation to avoid stomach upsets.