Opening the Mouth - video

Standing next to the head, extend your arm over the top of the head and put your fingers under the top lip in the corner of the mouth on the opposite side to where you are standing. Once the animal opens its mouth you should be able to gently hold the tongue and take your other hand away. As long as you have your fingers in the gap between the incisors and molars you aren't going to get bitten! Examine the mouth for signs of ulcers, and check the condition of the teeth.

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