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Post by jlk5262 on Mon 29 Jul 2019, 12:24 pm

Hello all,

Does anyone know how to tell if your mouse's teeth are overgrown in cases where it's not obvious? I know that if they curl inwards towards the back of the mouth, that's a clear sign they're overgrown. What if they just seem long? I can't seem to find any information about this online. The only thing I found was that their bottom incisors are typically twice the length of the top incisors. I just had a mouse pass away this morning before I was able to take her to the vet. I think she probably had a URI, plus she was nearing 3 years old, so I don't think her teeth were the culprit. However, she wouldn't eat last night or today and I noticed that her bottom incisors were about a centimeter long. I want to check her surviving sister's teeth to make sure they're not too long to potentially get in the way of her eating. I just don't know what to look for. Any ideas?

Thanks!

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Post by Robin~ on Mon 29 Jul 2019, 12:29 pm

Rodent teeth can look really long to the untrained eye.

I think a good way of going about it would be to give them a hard treat (maybe some uncooked pasta or a whole oat) they like and see if they'll eat it.

However, weekly (or even daily if you're concerned) weight monitoring will definitely let you know if something's up, so that would be your most accurate option.

But, if you're still in doubt, I'd have a vet check them. They'll know whether or not a trimming is needed Smile
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Post by jlk5262 on Mon 29 Jul 2019, 12:31 pm

Thanks, Robin! I'll keep an eye on her eating to see if she eats those harder pieces.

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