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Rabbits
Clipping rabbits’ teeth
  1. I. Cope1,
  2. Richard Saunders1,
  3. David Crossley3,
  4. Anna Meredith4,
  5. Marie Kubiak5,
  6. Neil Forbes6,
  7. Sarah Pellet7,
  8. John Chitty8,
  9. Martin L. Whitehead9,
  10. Craig Hunt10 and
  11. Livia Benato11
  1. 1Dick White Referrals, Station Farm, London Road, Six Mile Bottom, Cambridgeshire CB8 0UH
  2. 2Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund, Enigma House, Culmhead Business Park, TauntonTA3 7DY
  3. 3Animal Medical Centre Referral Services, 511 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, Manchester M21 0UB
  4. 4Hospital for Small Animals, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush Campus, Midlothian EH25 9RT
  5. 5Manor Veterinary Centre, 373 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B17 8DL
  6. 6Great Western Exotics, Unit 10, Berkshire House, County Business Park, Shrivenham Road, Swindon, Wiltshire SN1 2NR
  7. 7Animates Veterinary Clinic, 2 The Green, Thurlby, Bourne, Lincolnshire PE10 0EB
  8. 8Anton Vets, Unit 11, Anton Mill Road, Andover, Hampshire SP10 2NJ
  9. 9Chipping Norton Veterinary Hospital, Albion Street, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire OX7 5BN
  10. 10Chine House Veterinary Hospital, Sileby Hall, 12 Cossington Road, Sileby, Leicestershire LE12 7RS
  11. 11School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow, Garscube Campus, Bearsden Road, Glasgow G61 1QH

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WE would like to raise the issue of the ongoing practice of clipping of the incisors of rabbits by some veterinary surgeons. Clipping appears to be being undertaken by some as an apparently cheaper, easier and quicker alternative to trimming maloccluded and overlong incisor teeth using a dental burr. Instruments being used to undertake this clipping include nail clippers, nail guillotine clippers and dental clippers.

Incisor tooth clipping techniques cause significant damage to the enamel and in severe cases cause …

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