Respiratory Diseases in Prairie Dogs

Treatment

 

Early treatment will provide the best outcome. A non-infectious stuffy, runny nose often responds favorably to antihis­tamines and nasal decongestants distributed orally, while respiratory diseases of an infectious nature will likely be treated with general support and antibiotics.

 

If foreign bodies are obstructing the airway, your veterinarian may try and remove it manually or via surgical means.

 

Living and Management

 

To promote a quick and complete recovery, follow your veterinarian’s treatment program and place the prairie dog in a calm and clean environment, away from other animals. The cage should also be kept warm and dry.

 

Prevention

 

Observing proper sanitary procedures will help reduce the presence of infectious organism’s in your pet’s environment and thus reduce the incidence of respiratory diseases.