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Mad Bunster
23-10-2007, 11:26 AM
Just wondering, at what point do people with dental buns take them to get their spurs done? My vet noticed that both Foz and Archie have the beginnings of spurs, but that they're not big, nor are causing any soreness just yet, so they don't need to be done urgently and to just keep an eye on them. Obviously I'm not going to wait until they stop eating due to the discomfort, but at what point do you take them in? We are talking 10 months since they were first noticed as starting to form and they're still not huge as they're massive hay eaters, thankfully.

I know its best to do this before the problems start too so i'm not battling buns not eating and then having GAs etc. Should i bite the bullet and take them soon, and get them both done together too?

23-10-2007, 11:40 AM
Personally I would leave the spurs for the time being.

Try making them eat more hay (difficult I know!)

Having the spurs filed at this stage could potentially cause more problems, in that the procedure could cause stress, the vet might catch their gum/tongue which could cause them to stop eating, the G.A. (if needed) has potential risks.

With a bit of luck, the spurs might not develop any more, and the op. would have been pointless.

Vets often tell you the worst case scenario :roll:


23-10-2007, 11:41 AM
I take Totti when I notice that he's not eating hay but is still eating pellets and veg :)

23-10-2007, 11:50 AM
Sadly the only sign Fiver ever shows is that he is starting to lose weight.....even though he is still eager to eat.

It bothers me because to me by the time he is loosing weight they have already been a problem him for a while but he is so good at hiding it.

23-10-2007, 11:53 AM
Forgot to add...bunnies needing dentals often do a 'chewing gum' face. :lol: i.e. they chew when they aren't eating.

My vet thinks this might be because food gets stuck in nooks and crannies in their mouth when their teeth aren't right.

I'm sure you probbaly know the other signs to look out for...dribbling, wet chin, not eating certain foods, runny eyes, etc. (either singularly or a combination of the aforementioned symptoms).


Mad Bunster
23-10-2007, 12:14 PM
We've got recent weights for both the buns so i can see if they're dropping weight. Archie hasn't had his teeth done before (hes 2 1/2 years old) so I don't know his "style" yet. Fozzie had hers done nearly two years ago now, and with her it was a messy bottom.

I'll make sure I just take them for regular check ups - their jabs are all falling at different times, so I'm always at the vets!

Thanks for your thoughts - its good to get others' views.