SK: Skunk Diet and Flea Control
SkunkLady2 at aol.com
SkunkLady2 at aol.com
Fri Jan 23 12:33:40 PST 2015
Full dietary recommendations....and other advice for various problems are
in SKUNK STUFF at _www.skunksaspets.com_ (http://www.skunksaspets.com)
SKUNK STUFF is 30+ years of information gathered from people, vets and labs
all over the world....most living with, learning from and loving pet
How much do they each weigh? 6-8 lbs is usually the optimum range for
skunks. The diet you list is, in my opinion from my experience, too much. The
veggies should all be raw to aid in teeth cleaning as well as
jaw/throat/digestive "muscle work" and the cottage cheese should be one teaspoon,
alternated occasionally with low-fat yogurt. Dog food should be no more than 10
pieces daily, less if trying to take weight off the skunk. )The lamb and
rice is great and can be alternated with Chicken or Turkey dry food.
What is Vita-Skunk??? Never heard of it. What is the flax seed for?
Most seeds are super high in calories, so be very cautious.
As to weight loss, Fall and Winter are the hardest time as their whole
metabolism "shifts gears" to deal with the long hard Winter--under our electric
blankets, in front of our TVs and eating from our fridge!!!,-- but it
still happens!!! So cut the calories way down, divide the remainder into 3
tiny meals to help keep the metabolism as "up" as possible and in just a very
few short weeks, they will begin to slim down automatically with the onset
What does the vet say about the paralysis?????
Write anytime I can help!
Skunks As Pets
In a message dated 1/23/2015 3:19:06 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
sewuerch at comcast.net writes:
I want to thank everyone who responded to my concern last winter when one
of my skunks had zero appetite for over a week. As you predicted, Bradley
is doing fine. I would like advice on three issues for my skunks.
First, I am a little concerned on their diet and calorie intake. (I have
"chunky skunkies".) I try to feed as low calorie as food as I can and still
have correct nutritional balance. I feed approximately 1/3 cup of
vegetables each day, with cooked green beans being the most common. In addition, 1/4
cup low-fat cottage cheese, 2 Tablespoons ground flax seed, several pieces
of Lamb and Rice Formula, and 1 vanilla wafer. I would like to know
exactly what different people are currently feeding their skunks -- amounts,
brand names (if applicable), and supplements (taurine, calcium, vitamins). I
use Vita-Skunk from Exotic Nutrition. Does anyone else use or have an opinion
about this product? This product contains taurine but I am not sure if it
has enough. In addition, I give 250 mg of calcium three times a week.
Second, my skunks have had a big problem with fleas. The skunks'
veterinarian, Dr. Paradis, recommends Frontline but I have had little success using
this product. Now I use Adam's Flea Spray. However, the woman that does the
skunks' nails each month said that she has heard bad things about this
product. I really would like to know what other people are using.
Third, one of the skunks, Milton (born April 2011), has developed
paralysis in his hind legs two weeks ago. I was giving him a different brand of
calcium than the other two skunks. Could this be the cause? Or, perhaps, the
skunks are not getting enough taurine. I have increased his calcium intake
(using the brand I give to Bradley and Parker) and am giving him oil of
evening primrose as part of his therapy as suggested by an on-line source. Does
anyone have any suggestions.
Thank you so much for considering these questions and problems.
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