Trimming Squirrel Teeth
A form of hand clippers is often used to trim small animals teeth. These clippers work like a pair of scissors. The cutting end of the clippers fits around the teeth and the handles are squeezed like a pair of scissors.
Yes, these "clippers" will get the job done. However, from the squeezing effect of the clippers, it is very possible to fracture the teeth. Clippers can cause a hair-line fracture above the gum line, which may not be visible, and that can cause major problems later. Many have been trained to use these clippers as a routine way of trimming small animals teeth and they have been trained that it is safe. The potential problems that could arise, due to a hair-line fracture caused by the squeezing pressure of these clippers, can be very painful and possibly life threatening later.
Thanks to Dr. Jack, who is one of the best Exotic Pet Vets in the country, we found out there is a much safer way to trim squirrels teeth ...
The Electric Variable Speed Dremel
A wooden dowel is placed behind the teeth so when the rotating cutting disc cuts through the teeth the dowel is hit instead of the animals mouth.
Using a variable speed dremel to trim an animals teeth applies no squeezing pressure to the teeth. The speed of the dremel allows the cutting disc to easily cut through the teeth in quick order. The rotating disc can also be used to file off any sharp edges that are left.
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