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Right now, my rat Jordan has a malocclusion which causes her to need her teeth to get trimmed every two weeks. As she is much too squeamish, this means she has to go to the vet and, worse, she has to get sedated. The cost of a teeth trimming with out sedation is $8, but with sedation it's $33. Obviously, I'm not a huge fan of spending $33 every two weeks, so I was wondering if there were any alternatives to teeth trimming?

My vet once mentioned removing the incisors, but I have to wonder if this would seriously affect my rat's health. Could she still eat the same foods?

Has anyone else gone through this? Any advice on if there are any alternatives for me?

(I don't want anyone to get me wrong. If it means a better quality of living for Jordan then I will continue to pay the $33 every two weeks. But I'd like to know if I have any other options.)

P.S. - I've also called every vet in town and this is by far the cheapest price.
 

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Removal of her front incisors (all of them) might be the way to go, if she is having to get her teeth trimmed every 2 weeks for her life. With the stress and the repeated anesthesia that is a good choice for her.

Here are some threads about a boy named Toothy who had the procedure. done. Hopefully this can answer some of your questions.

http://www.goosemoose.com/component/option,com_smf/Itemid,118/forum,rat/topic,4013072.0

http://www.goosemoose.com/component/option,com_smf/Itemid,118/forum,rat/topic,4019752.0
 

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Thank you very much for this information!

I imagine it is quite stressful to her to have this done. She is my least "socialized" rats and though she has gotten better, she still isn't a huge fan of being handled by people.

If anyone else has advice or has gone through this personally please let me know!
 
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