Thanks everyone for the condolencences. I appreciate your kindness. Oh why do prairie dogs have such a short life span? It seems they are only here for a moment, but death never ends. We still miss Beefcake just like he died yesterday & it's been almost 5 years, since we had to have him put to sleep.
Beefcake was a holy terror at times. None of us (my husband, my son, or myself) were allowed to hold & love him like we wanted to. He was horrible to both of them, every winter. He acted like a Tazmanian devil when either of them walked into the room, & anyone who dared to try to pet him, was subject to drawing back a bloody nub. No matter how ugly he got, no matter how hard he tried to keep us at a distance, we all still loved him dearly. How messed up are we? I have loved some pretty unlovable people in my life also.
I have heard of odentoma, but I have forgotten what I read. Do they know what causes it, & is there any way to prevent it? We have been lucky so far, & haven't had to deal with it, personally. I hope yor baby pulls through. I can't imagine life without prairie dogs. You are absolutely right about being owned by them. I have had lots of pets, but rarely have I felt as adored as I do by my pds. I think what makes them so special, is the fact that once you do win them over, you have a friend for life. Pds. absolutely worship the ground you walk on.
I will keep you in my thoughts, & prayers.