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    Idont know about u lot but i am getting very worried by the numbers of rabbits with bad teeth, i have today again taken in a rabbit with horrendus front teeth,Im sure that the problem would not be traced back to breeders that show like myself because u cannot show an animal with bad teeth and therefore i and they would never breed off a rabbit that had bad teeth as it would be worthless.Whot i would like to know from the forum members that have a rabbit with teeth problems is were they aquired there rabbit. Plus when they found out about the teeth did they complain about it to the person or shop that they got it from.It would be helpfull if everyone made a fuss about this to the person or shop as if enough people complained they would change were they got there rabbits from,or if a person would cause embarisment,and i think athough u would not part with ur rabbit ask for your money back.[of course providing it was caused by genetics and not food related]. As u know if a rabbit does not get the right diet or does not eat hay after a while even a few yrs down the line the teeth may well go. val
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    I was quite mortified a few months ago as Totti had to have spurs on his teeth done. I had been feeling smug as I felt his diet was perfect i.e. lots of hay etc. etc. so could it be genetic? he's 3 1/2 years old and was from a pet shop in a DIY store.... sold off cheap as they thought he was blind but lucky me... he is the love of my life but sorry, I digress.

    So minor teeth problems yes... but at the age of over 3 when they appeared.

    Good luck with your research Val.

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    My first bun was from a petshop, though not their usual "stock". A so-called rabbit breeder was stopping breeding, and had to get rid of her breeding rabbits and litters. She sold a litter of black Netherland Dwarves to the manager of the petshop I worked in, Mary turned out to be a bit nasty and bit everyone at work but me, so he came home with me! When his tooth problems showed up, I did check all the girls and their teeth were in perfect condition, but I have heard that Dwarf breeds are more prone to malloclussion. I let the manager know, because obviously if it was genetic then there was a chance the sisters would get it too, but as it wasn't directly her fault, and they weren't the usual place we got buns from, plus I didn't actually pay for him, I didn't make a fuss.
    My new bun with teeth problems is from the petshop I work at now. I DID pay for him, knowing about his teeth problems, but due to certain company policies we were unable to take him to the petshop's vet to have his teeth worn down, and I was just unable to leave him in that state and bought him for half the normal price. I shouldn't really have paid for him, and once I'm back at work I'm taking in my receipt, the 115 worth of vet bills I've paid for this bun so far, and talking with my boss about getting my money back, as his teeth were such a state the vet said that if we attempted to sell a bunny in that state there would be such an uproar.
    However, I know we won't be getting bunnies in from his "breeder" - we got 4 in, all got ill and sadly two died, my one's had on/off diarreah for 2 months, and then his teeth problems, though I think the diarreah recently may have been due to lack of fibre in his diet as he could only manage to eat pellets, not hay, with his teeth overgrown.

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    My brother's rabbit Bear (who I take most of the responsibility for) has a horrid malocclusion. I don't know where he got it though. One of my bunnies (Aspen) is his mother and the father is Charliesangel's old bunny Charlie (Rest in Peace Charlie, binky free). They both have perfect teeth as well as the rest of the litter. He developed his tooth problem somewhere around the age of 6 months. I thought that was strange since he had a diet with lots of hay, clean living conditions, and no trauma to is face (or the rest of his body for that matter).

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    Squidgy was abandoned in a garden by his previous owners, rescued by a friend of mine and she brought him straight to me (knowing i was a soft touch!). He arrived with the most horribly overgrown teeth. I think that may be why he was abandoned, because they couldn't be bothered to get him sorted out. The best thing in his case was to remove his front teeth, which only cost 50 at my vets, so I don't know why his previous owners found it difficult to care for this.
    I was told that this was fairly common in smaller rabbit because they are bred for cuteness, ie a flatter nose (see Squidgy's pic ).


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    ive had 4 bunnies and both mini lops have had maloclussion one form 4years onwards the other since he was a baby

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    Hi i have 2 lionhead bunnies daisy and maisy. Maisy has bad teeth but daisy doesn't they are sisters. i got my 2 off kathy at nottingham small petrescue cause she won't rehome any bunnies with bad teeth and as i only live over the road she can keep an eye on maisy

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    Thanks u lot but more replys please. val
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    The majority of pet bunnies come from backyard breeders orginally whether through petshops or eventually rescues. Petshops seem to care very little at most they offer to swop it for a different one

    Unless they are really bad they don't tend to show up until the buns been in the home a couple of months and by then the petshop probably can't track back where that particular bun came from.

    The vet as mentioned Alfie (lionhead) having tiny spurs for the last couple of years when he gets his jabs done. He - touch wood - has never needed them treating though. He has always been good at eating his hay though which I'm sure helps.

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    Would just like to say as it has come up more than once, that u can have teeth problems in i rabbit and not a sibling because one or the other of the parents would have had teeth problems in there parents. it is carried in the genes. This has happened to me in the past i have got in a new rabbit from a breeder and it had good teeth and put it to my buck and the resulting babys had teeth problems. So the doe i got must be carriing the gene for bad teeth. needless to say the doe was not used again. val
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