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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-01-2009, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
 
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my prairiedog is loosing weight.

Hi i am new to this forum. I have had 2 prairiedogs(neutered) for 7 years one of them(Dodo) died in october. He was a little obese when he was younger, but in the last year he had lost weight because he was digging a lot in the garden and shredded cardboard boxes all day. I thought he lost weight because he was busy all day. The last week of his live he had thrown up his food and after that he stopped eating and drinking. He died 7 days later totaly skinny. That was really shocking. Now the other one(Pietje) is loosing weight too. He eats normally and is also doing his normal daytime stuff. Does anyone know what that is is it because he is old and also in his last few moths or is it a desease?

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Go to the vet. Virtually every malady a small animal can have will result in weight loss. Your vet will be able to do x-rays and blood work to try and determine what is causing the weight loss. Please don't let him starve to death like your other prairie dog did.

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well i am trying to avoid the stressfull situation with going to the vet. I always thought that prairiedogs where strong animals and couln't get deseases like rabbits and hamsters. My prairiedog is eating and acting normal. What kind of a desease could it be? Most vets over here have never worked with prairiedogs they are really uncommon over here in the Netherlands
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Small animals in general are not very "strong". They are prone to getting diseases and cancers and will hide them up until the very last moment when the pain becomes too bad to cover up. Prey animals will always try to hide weaknesses to survive a little bit longer.

There's no way to narrow down what type of disease it may be. Virtually anything that could be causing him pain. Kidney disease, liver disease, arthirits, cancer, overgrown teeth, you name it. There's no way to diagnose it over the internet. At the very least, go to the vet and get some handfeeding formula so that he's not starving to death.

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a trip to the vet is probably a lot less stressful than illness would be. Better to be safe and hit up the vet.


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