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post #16 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-02-2005, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks...Petey is doing great for now...we are still making arrangements to see the vet (I think he is coming to us) when he returns. My only concern now is that Petey lost a good bit of weight while he was not feeling well. We have continued to let him sleep with us to be on the safe side.
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post #17 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-02-2005, 12:12 PM
 
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Welcome, hope things are well.
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post #18 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-02-2005, 04:07 PM
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You can transport to the vet, but the main thing is to make sure you call ahead and make an appointment so they can set up an appropriate quarantine. Some vets may not be willing to take the time to do that. Even though any potential threat from monkey pox has long past, they still have to protect themselves.

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post #19 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-03-2005, 08:04 PM
 
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You can also give him critical care if he has any problems in the future. I always keep it in my freezer. You can transport a PD to the vet - and a lot of vets think the Monkey Pox mess is a joke.

So just get a trustworthy vet even if you have to drive 2 hours. If by some reason you are stopped by a cop, they will not check a pet carrier, but in case they do - just say it's a Texal Cavy going to the vet.
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post #20 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-04-2005, 04:19 PM
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If any time you feel there are health issues and your pd is not eating as normal as Dallas indicated provide Critical Care. I do this as Critical Care stimulates appetite in herbivores that are not eating due to illness or surgery. The mix I generally use is as follows:
1 jar of corn and/or sweet potato baby food
1 small cube of goat's milk (make a tray of them and store in a Ziploc bag in freezer and dont dilute)
1 tsp pedialyte (optional, I dont generally add as pds require very little water, use only if you have been providing fresh veggies dailyand/or if they generally use thier sipper bottle alot)
1/2 to 1 tsp critical care

I split this up in 2 feedings per day if eating on thier own. If not do the same with syringe feeding and even divide to 3 if needed.

Another option is if they are eating maybe just mix a bit of baby food oatmeal (boxed) with goat's milk cube and 1/4 - 1/2 tsp of CC. If they are not eating on thier own at all then increase it to 1 tsp. You should adjust accordingly dependant on what you observe. I use this if they just seem under the weather and knowing my little ones have concern. Also always keep a snuggle safe available as the extra warmth can mean alot to these little ones. Always have a snuggle safe and CC on hand.
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post #21 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-07-2005, 02:19 PM
 
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When I called vets here in Illinois They said they could be transported to be treated. But they also seemed to want to keep it hush hush. I just flat out asked them if there was a problem because I didnt want to take it somewhere and have it taken from me. The vets said the long ban was ridiculous. However when I did get the only vet in my area that worked with exotics--He was no prize. He was two afraid of her to touch her, (she was pretty calm considering she never been out of the house). With me doing all the handling he did manage to take her temperature ,listen to her lungs and heart , look in her nose and down her throat. I got enough information to determine she did not have an infection, pnemonia, sore throat or fever. Although I wasnt impressed with the doctor ( I had to push to get him to even take her temp) I was able to get enough information to work with her---And she is still alive.
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post #22 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-13-2005, 05:49 AM
 
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Im so glad petey is acting better. How big was he when you got him...we've had PDs for nearly 15 years... I might be able to help you try to 'age' him.
I think this band is positivly rediculas! free the PDs! we PD owners and lovers should be allowed to transport them any where any one's allowed to take their dog-dog. We used to take some of our PDs all over with us, Cheyenne would plop her little butt down in the cup holder on the dash and watch out the windshield as we drove down the road. That was her 'car seat'. She never did understand why she would bump her head on 'air' (the windshield).
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jimani96 I'm so glad your little guy is doing better, but it sounded like he may have been starting to shut down due to the cold. Being as their body temp is so much warmed than we are comfortable they can get too cold and their body starts to slow way down. The best way to help prevent this is to add a source of warmth like a bunny warmer or a heat lamp above the cage along with extra carbs and fat that can be found in veggie dog food, but ONLY give small amounts. I have one pd who's been doing almost exactly as you described for years with no explanation as to why. I've rushed him to the vet several times (once his temp was 94 degrees) and after blood work and radiographs all appears fine. Now every winter I offer him extra carbs n heat and we have yet to have another episode. Please know it is completely legal for you to transport him to any vet of your choice, but should you have trouble finding one and some vets will no longer see them you're more than welcome to bring him to mine at anytime. The only other thing I want to add is about the different formulas out there, but I pray no one takes this the wrong way as I'm not intending to insult anyone, but please do not ever give milk products of any kind to prairie dogs. When they are young they have no trouble tolerating this, but as adults they become almost intolerant to milk and it strips the gut of very important and necessary bacteria and I've seen it cause death. I have a vet proven recipe to give pd's during time of need, but I cannot post it for the public as it's only given on a case to case basis. It sound like your little guy is doing much better, but should you ever need the recipe please contact me anytime and I'll consult with Gena to be sure it's right for him. Hugs 'N' Blessings!!!

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I know of a really good vet to treat prairie dogs in Leveland, Tx., in case anyone needs one in that area. His name is Jimmy Gleason. He "fixed" two of our boys, & the incisions were ninimal. Recovery time was very swift. One of them was doing that packing the bed thing on the way home! I had one fixed years ago, by a local vet, who did nothing but exploratory surgery on him. His incision was almost as big as my histerectomy scar. He was miserable for weeks.
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Deana you are so right about Gleason and so blessed to be near him. Gleason is the vet who is the reason we now spay and neuter. He's Lynda Watson's vet and is the one who taught my vet years ago. I think he's an amazing vet!

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