Chipmunks and prairie dogs

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This chapter provides the need-to-know information on chipmunks and prairie dogs:

  • Biology
  • Husbandry
  • Handling and restraint
  • Diagnostic approach
  • Common conditions
  • Supportive care
  • Anaesthesia and analgesia
  • Common surgical procedures
  • Euthanasia
  • Drug formulary.

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3.1 Captive pet chipmunk (). (Courtesy of E. Keeble.) (wild Western American chipmunk), demonstrating coat coloration typical of all chipmunks. These are not kept as pets.
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3.2 Black-tailed prairie dog (Courtesy of D. Johnson.)
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3.5 Prairie dog showing a typical defensive posture.
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3.6 Trigonal anal sacs. These are a unique anatomical feature of prairie dogs.
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3.7 Typical chipmunk housing. (Courtesy of E. Keeble.)
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3.8 Typical prairie dog housing. Nest boxes can be made from terracotta planters and cotton t-shirts. (Courtesy of G. Seaberg.)
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3.11 Some hand-reared chipmunks will allow minimal handling by cupping in the hands. (Courtesy of A. Meredith.) Most chipmunks resent handling. Leather gloves may be worn; however, they are cumbersome and do not always allow the dexterity and sensitivity needed to safely restrain chipmunks. (Courtesy of E. Keeble.)
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3.12 Restraint of a prairie dog using a t-shirt. The prairie dog can be wrapped in the t-shirt and held with the hindquarters supported. This position is excellent for syringe feeding and oral dosing of medication. (Courtesy of G. Seaberg.)
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3.15 Prairie dog with a fractured mandibular incisor tooth. These injuries are commonly seen in pet animals.
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3.16 Prairie dog exhibiting typical gnawing behaviour.
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3.17 Lateral and dorsoventral radiographs of a prairie dog showing bilateral fractures of the radius and ulna sustained from a fall.
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3.20 Syringe feeding a prairie dog. (Courtesy of G. Seaberg.) Preparation of saphenous vein for venepuncture in a prairie dog.
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