Another good book is Prairie Dog Pets, by Pat Storer. Lynda Watson helped with it also. It has a special section for your vet which covers several topics including; common health problems, medications,castration & ovariectomy. The medical info. was provided by Jim Gleason, & Phillip Thiac, both DVM's. I dont know anything about P. Thiac, but J. Gleason is wonderful! He fixed both of my male pds. I coulden't find a vet in Amarillo, Tx. who had any experience with pds. I had to drive over 100 miles, but my" babies" are so worth it! I was amazed at the tiny incisions. I have to get off the subject for a moment to share the horrific experience we had with a local vet... I asked if they treated pds. before taking my first male to be fixed. I also took the book I just mentioned. She didn't even look at it apparently. We definitely believe she saw an opportunity to explore a new species. Beefcake's incision was almost as big as my hysterectomy scar. She cut him pretty much from stem to stern. he didn't get any real rest for weeks. He couldn't sleep in any of the typical pd . positions. He did what we call the Zuni bear position for weeks. I have never felt so low in my life! Back to the subject...another book I like on pds, is Prairie Dog: Sentinel of the Plains by Russell Graves. It's mainly general information, but has many beautiful photos.
Russell is preparing a site to reintroduce prairie dogs this summer. If the FDA approves, we will donate the animals. If we don't get to move them, these animals will be eradicated.
If anyone knows anyone else who is interested in reintroducing pds. to their property, please contact Deana asap. thanks