SK: Loss of appetite in pet skunk
LITTLEDARLIN713 at aol.com
LITTLEDARLIN713 at aol.com
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 comcast.net 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.
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