SK: Loss of appetite in pet skunk

Sat Jan 19 15:50:57 PST 2013

Steve, you didn't say how old Bradley is.  I'm not a vet and would be  
worried if my skunk decided not to eat.  Does he have a favorite food,  other 
than cookies?  He needs protein with other good food.  Cheese is  loved by my 
skunkies when they don't feel like eating much.  
Skunks can hide their illnesses very well, sometimes to the point of being  
to late to help them.  
Have you, can you, look at his teeth?   He might have a problem  in his 
mouth that you can't see.  
If he doesn't eat soon, I would take him to the vet.  A shot of  vitamin B 
helps start the appetite again.  You don't want him to get  dehydrated, or 
fatty liver from not eating.

I'm sorry I'm not much help but maybe others on this list can help  you.
In a message dated 1/19/2013 4:36:35 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, 
sewuerch at writes:

I have  three pet skunks -- Milton, Bradley, and Parker -- that are very 
important  to me.  During the past week Bradley has not had much of an  
appetite.  All three sleep in my bedroom with current locations of  under 
my bed (Parker), in one of my closets (Bradley), and with me in bed  
(Milton).  When I get up in the morning, Milton climbs down the  "doggy 
stair case" next to be bed and the other come out  from their  sleeping 
places.  It has been quite cold here (Salem, Oregon) for the  past week 
and, unlike the rest of my house, I do not heat my  bedroom.  All three 
skunks run to the kitchen where I prepare their  breakfasts.  However, 
even though Bradley is perfectly healthy and  stomps and runs a lot and 
even comes to the kitchen for breakfast, he  simply runs away when I put 
his food bowl in front of him.  This has  been going on for several days 
now. According to SkunkHaven, I need to  make sure that he eats every 
day.  I am able to get him to eat a 2-3  Nilla Vanilla Wafers each day 
and some Purina Lamb and Rice Formula which  is enough to supply his 
caloric needs but not necessarily his nutritional  needs.  I am convinced 
that he is not sick since he is active and  plays with both me and the 
other skunks.  He is just not interested  in eating (which as we know is 
unusual for a skunk).

I would like  some one to comment on this situation.  Is there a problem 
or will he  just grow out of it?  Could it be a result of the cold 
bedroom even  though he has blankets?   I would take Bradley to Dr. 
Paradis  (his vet) but he is not a skunk specialist and I am certain that 
he could  give me no advice on a skunk that acts perfectly-healthy.  I 
would  really appreciate any advice that I could get on this matter.

Steve  Wuerch

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