Sunday, April 19, 2009


Just to clear up a few things I've been asked a couple of times and for those of you who may be wondering. In 2003, the US (FDA & CDC) banned all sales of prairie dogs due to the spread of monkey pox believed to have stemmed from a prairie dog in Wisconsin. Eventually, it was found out that the source of the outbreak came from an imported Gambian Pouched Rat, yet prairie dogs still remained unfairly on the banned list for years. On September 8, 2008, the FDA and CDC finally has rescinded the ban of prairie dogs. So yes, they are now legal, but some states do have restrictions. To view the FDA's federal register (vol. 73, No. 174) click here. So yay for everyone who's ever wanted a prairie dog and couldn't have one in the past. But of course, always check your state and local laws before purchasing one for yourself. :)

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hoLLy said...

he sure is a fast lil booger. he scaled the wall of that cage in like .2 seconds.

Chrystina said...

The boys loved watching these!

Grammy Staffy said...

You are such a pet lover.... your new "child" is so cute. I never thought of having a pairie dog.... but maybe I should have.

I am sending you love from CA.
Have a great week.

Patty said...

He's a cutie!

ACDC2005 said...

Do you know if there is a page online somewhere that lists all the states and their rules/regulations?