Oral Examination in Rabbits and Rodents

A wide range of dental abnormalities may be seen in rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas including incisor and cheek teeth malocclusion. Evaluation of the oral cavity is considered an essential part of the complete physical examination in small exotic companion mammals, both symptomatic and clinically normal individuals alike. Use this video clip or article with still images to review equipment needed as well chemical and manual restraint techniques for extraoral and intraoral exams . . .


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To cite this page:

Pollock C. Oral examination in rabbits and rodents. January 17, 2013. LafeberVet Web site. Available at https://lafeber.com/vet/oral-examination-of-small-herbivores/