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Heggielover 03-01-2017 12:12 AM

Overgrown teeth
Hi everyone! I know this page is for hedgehogs but I am in serious need for an answer to this question about gerbils. I have two gerbils and one seems to have overgrown teeth. There are no vets near by that are willing to trim her teeth so I was wondering if there is another solution. I heard you can do it yourself but would that hurt her? Do gerbils have nerves in there teeth? (I don't think rats do but I'm not sure about gerbils)any advice would be helpful! Thank you in advance to anybody that has any advice. I'm sorry this isn't a question about hedgehogs, I am in desperate need of some answers. I don't want her to become unhealthy.

happytreecompany 03-01-2017 07:43 PM

dont know a blessed thing about gerbils but im sure you could find an exotic vet that would trim teeth or maybe provide him more chew toys in his cage? probably the very same vet you take your hedgehogs to could help. try looking a little harder because that seems like it might be fatal if untreated. i have zero knowledge on this animal, i doubt youll get any solid answers on this forum, try finding another for all small pets or gerbils in particular.

happytreecompany 03-01-2017 07:46 PM

also teeth trimming sounds serious i wouldnt attempt that alone if you have no experience, just my uneducated opinion

Lilysmommy 03-01-2017 08:07 PM

You should probably have someone else show you before you try to do it yourself. As far as I know, teeth in general do have nerves at the roots, but you shouldn't get anywhere near them. I watched a vet tech at my work trim mouse teeth just yesterday - she said you need to leave enough of the tooth so that they can still use them & so you don't risk getting near the root, but again, something that would be good to have someone experienced show you. Also she mentioned that with rats & rabbits, you need to use a dremel, you can't clip them. I'm guessing with gerbils, it'd be fine to clip as they're smaller, but something else to double check on.

Can you see why they're overgrown? If she doesn't have enough to chew on, that could be the issue. Is there any chance the other might be hogging chewing toys or something, since that one has no issues? Otherwise it sounds like she needs a vet visit even besides the trimming - her teeth could be misaligned, making it difficult for her to chew properly & that will require regular trimming for the rest of her life. Or she could have something else going on that's making it hard for her to chew normally. In any of those cases, a vet visit is necessary.

Heggielover 03-05-2017 11:00 AM

Thank you all for your help! I greatly appreciate it! Yes they do have plenty of chew toys in their cage but I think her teeth are becoming long because she is quite elderly and weak so she doesn't have as much energy to play as she used to. I will look into more vet options and consider traveling a few hours to get to a vet. Thank you again for you help and opinions!

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