Bacterial Disease (Tularemia) in Prairie Dogs



Unfortunately, there is no treatment for the tularemia disease in prairie dogs. Moreover, due to the risk of transmitting the disease to humans, infected prairie dogs are often euthanized.


Living and Management


Though the general outcome of the prairie dogs affected with tularemia is poor, steps can be taken to make the living condition of the affected prairie dog more stress-free. Clean and disinfect the cages regularly and provide fresh drinking water and food.


In addition, due to the highly contagious nature of tularemia, wear gloves when cleaning the cage and disposing of contaminated materials. Wash your hands and arms thoroughly, and do not allow the infected prairie dog to come in contact with other animals.




To prevent tularemia infec­tion, practice good animal husbandry and sanitize and disinfect your prairie dog’s living area regularly. In addition, minimize your pet's exposure to ticks and mosquitoes and promptly treat any evidence of tick infestation.