Rabbit teeth grinding

by Steve
(Kent, England)

Hello Jenny

When a rabbit grinds its teeth, this can be either a good or bad sign.
Rabbits grind their teeth when they are content or feeling comfortable and happy. But they will also grind their teeth when they are in pain.
There is a difference in the way they grind the teeth. The grinding for contentment is more of a purring, whereas the pain grinding is more pronounced.
The best way to tell, is simply stroke and pet your rabbit. If the grinding then starts, you can be sure it is because he/she loves the attention.
If however your rabbit is grinding its teeth while he/she is on his/her own in the run/room/hutch then is more likely due to pain. One of the more common reasons for this pain are teeth problems, but there can be other reasons!
A visit to the vets would be a good idea


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Nov 13, 2013
grinding of teeth
by: Anonymous

It should be noted, that when a rabbit grinds it's teeth loudly, it means the rabbit is in pain and/or tooth problems. The fact that a rabbit may have cancer can cause pain to the rabbit, so you will get the teeth grinding. However when a rabbit grinds the teeth lightly, like a soft purring, this can mean the rabbit is contented. Until you have experienced both sounds and are confident in what the difference is, i guess it is a little bit difficult to decide.
Loud grinding of teeth is pain, so it is best to assume the worse, if you are not sure and go to a vet

Nov 13, 2013
Teeth Grinding
by: Anonymous

My rabbit started grinding her teeth a few days ago. I took her to the vet today and they think she has cancer.

Definitely take the rabbit into the vet as soon as you can.

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