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    Hello all! I apologise for little introduction.

    My rabbits are about four months old now. After inspecting the girl's teeth recently - Clara, that is - I noticed her teeth were abnormally discoloured. They were rather brown, in fact, whereas Humphrey's teeth are a pale yellow (probably too yellow for such a young rabbit, so I'll keep an eye on him too). I'll assess Clara again in the morning. I'll leave Humphrey till the post-op on Wednesday because I'll be asking about their teeth then anyway, but I just wanted to know if any of you have experienced something similar?
    When I check Clara I'll look for ridges - I hadn't done that before. The teeth are not abnormal in any other way, as far as I can see. Their baby-diet mainly consists of cabbage, kale, the occasional mint sprig, Supreme Science Selective Junior rabbit food and plenty of fresh hay and water. They've also recently taken a liking to apple branches - perhaps this is the cause? When the branches have been stripped the bare wood eventually turns orange...

    Many thanks,
    naohren

    Edit: after speaking to a friend of mine, she's told me apple branches don't usually discolour teeth. I thought as much since Humphrey's teeth are fine. Clara isn't showing any signs of pain or discomfort and she's eating normally, so perhaps it's just unusual discolouration? I'm still going to get the vet to give them both a check though.
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    Brown stains are common with some grass eating bunnies. It is totally normal for rabbits to have yellow ish teeth, its not indicative of poor dental health. Don't worry!

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    Quote Originally Posted by naohren View Post
    Hello all! I apologise for little introduction.

    My rabbits are about four months old now. After inspecting the girl's teeth recently - Clara, that is - I noticed her teeth were abnormally discoloured. They were rather brown, in fact, whereas Humphrey's teeth are a pale yellow (probably too yellow for such a young rabbit, so I'll keep an eye on him too). I'll assess Clara again in the morning. I'll leave Humphrey till the post-op on Wednesday because I'll be asking about their teeth then anyway, but I just wanted to know if any of you have experienced something similar?
    When I check Clara I'll look for ridges - I hadn't done that before. The teeth are not abnormal in any other way, as far as I can see. Their baby-diet mainly consists of cabbage, kale, the occasional mint sprig, Supreme Science Selective Junior rabbit food and plenty of fresh hay and water. They've also recently taken a liking to apple branches - perhaps this is the cause? When the branches have been stripped the bare wood eventually turns orange...

    Many thanks,
    naohren

    Edit: after speaking to a friend of mine, she's told me apple branches don't usually discolour teeth. I thought as much since Humphrey's teeth are fine. Clara isn't showing any signs of pain or discomfort and she's eating normally, so perhaps it's just unusual discolouration? I'm still going to get the vet to give them both a check though.

    Hi naohren and welcome to the Forum

    Cream and slightly yellow is normal in rabbits.

    It could well be something they are eating but when you take them for their vaccinations, I would make a point of asking the vet to take a peek

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    Thank you both for the replies! I suspected it wasn't anything serious. Again, I'll get the vet to check it just in case I missed something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by naohren View Post
    Thank you both for the replies! I suspected it wasn't anything serious. Again, I'll get the vet to check it just in case I missed something.

    Welcome, good luck

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    Resurrecting this as I'm still a little confused.

    We talked to our vet and they said it was fine, but... it's pretty abnormal. I might point it out again. In the meantime, I heard something about calcium/vitamin D deficiencies? The buns are outside rabbits so I'm not sure about the vitD, but I also heard does need more calcium and I don't know what kind of diet these rabbits were on in the early stages as they're rescues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by naohren View Post
    Resurrecting this as I'm still a little confused.

    We talked to our vet and they said it was fine, but... it's pretty abnormal. I might point it out again. In the meantime, I heard something about calcium/vitamin D deficiencies? The buns are outside rabbits so I'm not sure about the vitD, but I also heard does need more calcium and I don't know what kind of diet these rabbits were on in the early stages as they're rescues.
    I think does need more if they are having offspring & nursing. Its really not that abnormal - I've had healthy buns before with less than hollywood white teeth & Boo's are yellow & stained. The vet I had at the time who I asked about tooth colour was a rabbit specialist with special interest in rabbit dentistry

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    Thanks for the reassurance <3

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    Quote Originally Posted by naohren View Post
    Resurrecting this as I'm still a little confused.

    We talked to our vet and they said it was fine, but... it's pretty abnormal. I might point it out again. In the meantime, I heard something about calcium/vitamin D deficiencies? The buns are outside rabbits so I'm not sure about the vitD, but I also heard does need more calcium and I don't know what kind of diet these rabbits were on in the early stages as they're rescues.

    A portion of rabbit pellets contains sufficient vit D.

    Calcium - there's rarely a problem in getting enough ...

    https://www.harcourt-brown.co.uk/art...nd-rabbit-food

    A very interesting read

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