I'm back. Beefcake had to be on heart medication for the last 2-3 years of his life. Yes food is a very useful thing, for winning a prairie dog's heart, but you have to be careful what you use to tempt their tummies. Like I said earlier, I bottle-fed all the babies we kept, just for "bonding". There is a prairie dog food on the market. I get ours from Brisky Pet Products. We also feed them plenty of fresh grass, & hay (for food & bedding). Some treats are ok. Most of them love sweet potatoes, apples, melons, just don't give them alot of leafy vegtables, or brocolli.
It is a shame that all people, who would like to keep pds. are being denied this simple pleasure in the future. On the other hand, the ban has probably saved some of these precious animals from a life of obesity, heart disease, etc. Every pet owner should take the time to learn about their animal of choice, in depth, before getting one. I commend you for that.
If you have any more questions, or want to discuss pds. more, I'm always willing to talk about my favorite subject. Deana