Prairie Dog Proofing Ideas by Gena Seaberg, PhD
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Below are recommendations to keep your prairie dog(s) safe in a captive setting. It is strongly encouraged that you take time in advance to prepare each room of your home where you intend to allow your prairie dog to explore to make it safe for your pet. To do this, it is recommended that you crawl around the room, observing the room from the perspective of the prairie dog and not from your own height as you will miss many safety points if your don’t get to their level. Please let us know if you have other recommendations and we’ll surely add them.
bottom edge of the door is more helpful in
preventing damage by gnawing.
Cord wrap option that is more permanent along baseboards
To prevent electrical burns or electrocution
are most often used on flat screen televisions.
Some people use plain PVC pipe as cord/wire wrap which
is a less expensive option overall.
It is also helpful to use in wider diameter PVC when modifying
cage ramps. Note that if you are using it in a cage that
over time it can be permeated with urine and may
Different and larger tile styles can be used or even
metal ceiling tiles like the one below.
and are out of arm’s reach digging.
Some people have great success using a playpen
that sits on top of sections of office mats as shown above to
prevent carpet digging and chewing. Note that
Some people create fantastic playpens or reinforce metal ones using
Plexiglass. It is also great to help prevent cage bar chewing IF USED
CORRECTLY to assure for adequate ventilation to prevent humidity and
mold which is deadly to a prairie dog.