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Prairie Dogs

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Prairie Dog

These highly social amusing animals are the same creatures seen out west.  They need a lot of attention and really do better with another Prairie Dog for company.

They have a life span of about 10 years and are known for their characteristic "bark" when excited.  Being avid diggers they require a sub-straight to do so in, along with a hide box for sleeping and security, and tunnels (pvc pipe works well) for fun.  70 - 80 degree temperatures suit them best.

No vaccinations are needed but they are prone to obesity and should be on a restricted diet of rodent chow, alfalfa blocks in small amounts and free choice Timothy hay and clean water.

The above is a reprint of an article written by Jack Landess, D.V.M., as a public service.  Reprint permission was obtained from the Florida Pet Pages.

 

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