The feed of prairie dogs
Other ingredients with which the feed can be composed are: carrots, sweet potatoes, some safflower seeds (Carthamus tinctorius), cabbage leaf, dandelion (flower and leaf) and cress.
Prairie dogs do not eat fatty food in the wild and soon become obese in captivity. This is caused by a wrong feed, as well as a lack of exercise. Its best not to feed any peanuts, sunflower seeds, dog feed, cookies and other products which are high calorie and low fibre. Alfalfa is also better left out of the diet, as the calcium/ phosphor balance is too high.
Chewing on hay is good for the teeth, which grow continuously, as with other rodents. The fibre in the hay also stimulates the digestion. In addition to the hay, pellets for prairie dogs may be offered.