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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-14-2009, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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What do I give bunny for his teeth?

My bunny is around 3 months old. I've read that rabbits need things to chew on to help prevent their teeth from growing. What can I give mine to help his teeth? I've tried buying those little sticks of wood and a few other little things they sell in the pet store for rabbits to chew. But he's not interested in any of them. Any suggestions? What will happen if I can't find something he will chew on?
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I have heard many like bigger pieces of wood like a cut 2x4 big enough for them to hold down. You will have to research what type of wood is good and make sure it isn't treated with anything in the store.

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Make sure your rabbit has hay all of the time, and that should go a long way to prevent problems. My rabbits like to chew the bark off of sticks and twigs. They like their sticks green. I give them crab apple (their favorite) and lilac. I wash the sticks with a fruit wash, and then I put them in the freezer for a few days. Freezing them kills any bugs that might be left on them. Sticks can be found on the web. Try doing a search for "rabbit chew sticks". I am sure you can find them on the web much cheaper than at a pet store. They are usually baked to kill bugs and they are not green. My rabbits have never tried them.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-15-2009, 03:09 PM
 
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i use fresh apple branches for Oliver. He cant go a day without them. He will eat the bark off the branch in no time. and now he knows where the bucket it and he will go up to it and take a branch out when he wants a new one. he also eats alot of hay and thats supposed to be good for their teeth.
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My rabbits all like unpeeled willow. You can buy willow toys and baskets from some pet stores and give those to them - they're always a hit with all three of my bunnies.

Apple branches are good too. Again if you get it unpeeled, or with the bark still on, a lot of rabbits seem to like peeling the bark off.

With apple and especially willow (and other woods too) make sure they are untreated. For that reason I always make sure to buy them from pet stores, even though some other stores sell willow baskets, but you don't know what kind of nasty stuff they could have been sprayed with.

And like moonchild said, make sure your rabbit always has access to fresh hay. Chewing on the hay helps to keep their teeth short.


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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-15-2009, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the help! He does have access to hay at all times, so it sounds like this should do 'till I can find something he'll enjoy chewing on.
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-16-2009, 04:36 AM
 
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Holly has unlimited hay but apart from that his favourite thing to chew on is carpet! Much to my eternal despair. He's learned that I don't like him chewing on it, but I haven't successfully stopped him doing it in the first place - he'll just stop when I come over, though sometimes I have to give him a small nudge. He also has corn flavoured chew blocks but ignores them completely and I haven't seen untreated wood or anything like that at the petstores around here.
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-16-2009, 09:14 AM
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I buy my rabbits willow stuff from here:

http://www.thebunnybasics.com/

They have a lot of stuff my bunners like, and they donate 100% of their proceeds to rabbit rescues.


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cardboard,hay,wood,willow toys...cardboard is Acacia's fave! she makes tunnels and such with big boxes
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well, i ran out of fresh apple branches. oliver has resorted to go to town on my remote controls.
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