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I've read several messages asking for help with their prairie dog b/c he or she isn't moving or seem 'limp' and 'lethargic' - for those of you who have this problem - you need to immediately get some electrolytes in their system. You can use Gatorade or Pedialyte. Pedialyte is preferred b/c it has less sugar, but if you can't get to that right away; use a syringe or even a straw to get this in their systems. It should pep them right up and hold them over until you can get them to a vet.
I know b/c I had this happen to my prairie dog; He's almost 9 years old now and if a vet hadn't told me to do that 5 years ago I would've lost my precious Caddy; so this is for anyone looking for help if something like this happens to their prairie dog.
In fact I mix critical care and gatorade/pedialyte with a little water every other day for him; it's got vitamins and minerals and helps keep his electroytes balanced. It makes all the difference in the world.
Anyway, I hope this helps and able to save your babies out there if you are looking for help!
 

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Emergency Care - USE GATORADE Or PEDIALYTE for Pds who seem lethargic/limp

I got this advice from an exotic vet that I take my pds to. (Westgate Pet and Bird Hospital in Austin, Texas)
 

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I wanted to add to this for other emergency situations:
If you have a pd with a broken toenail, you can use corn starch until the bleeding stops, just keep applying until bleeding stops.

If you have a pd with broken or missing teeth, you need to get him/her to the vet as soon as possible. They will need to examine and trim the tooth if broken;

Broken teeth can lead to common and painful prairie dog disease (odeometric - sp?) and you want to do everything you can to prevent this from happening.
 

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If at all possible, use unflavored Pedialyte with small animals, and especially with hind gut fermenters, because the sugar in gatorade and flavored pedialyte can cause bacterial overgrowth and/or bloat. Unflavored is sold in most pharmacies and bigger stores (Walmart, Target) right next to the children's flavored!
 
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:confused:My 9 year old Prairie Dog is putting her finger in her ear. She does have a lymph node swollen not far from it. Live in Dallas,Texas. Anyone know a Good Prairie Dog Vet in N.E. Dallas. Well travel to Flower Mound or Arlington but will like a Vet nearer to me since I am disabled. Thanks in Advance- Hilda
 

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I am sorry I do not live in Texas so I am not of too much help but I can suggest trying to google some local rodent vets (or maybe a phone book?) and calling around to see what they charge and what kind of experience they have etc?? Hope this helps. How is the little one doing?
 

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Hello, my name is Kat and I am new to the forum. I just found this website after searching for some info on Pdogs. I have a pd and she is just about 10 years old. I have some concerns though lately regarding her health. She has always been very healthy and I have never had any problems with her. I just recently moved from Florida to Minnesota. Only in the past 2 months since winter started has she began not acting like her normal self. She is almost like in hibernation mode, and has lost some weight, not really eating much. This is really concerning me because I'm not sure whats wrong. I don't really know if Pdogs hibernate. She has never done this, only since moving to where the weather changes and the climate is different. Can anyone give me some ideas? Also, is there anyone who knows of a vet in the Twin Cities area? One who deals with exotics, especially pd's. Thanks.
 

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Hello, my name is Kat and I am new to the forum. I just found this website after searching for some info on Pdogs. I have a pd and she is just about 10 years old. I have some concerns though lately regarding her health. She has always been very healthy and I have never had any problems with her. I just recently moved from Florida to Minnesota. Only in the past 2 months since winter started has she began not acting like her normal self. She is almost like in hibernation mode, and has lost some weight, not really eating much. This is really concerning me because I'm not sure whats wrong. I don't really know if Pdogs hibernate. She has never done this, only since moving to where the weather changes and the climate is different. Can anyone give me some ideas? Also, is there anyone who knows of a vet in the Twin Cities area? One who deals with exotics, especially pd's. Thanks.
Look up torpor = & go on fb look up orarie dog parents- join- look in files for priceless info- & administrators are very knowledgeable as they have long term hands on experience (alot of newbies on there that mean well) but administrators are your best bet or long term owners= 70° or above as not to trigger torpor also correct form of lighting 12hrs a day all this info is in the files - I see it's an older thread but I had to weigh in a little - I'm a member & have had pds 10 yrs - & always still learning
 
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