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Skunks

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Skunk

These adorable nocturnal creatures are hitting the pet trade.  They come de-scented but require spaying (or neutering) and de-worming by a veterinarian experienced with this species and that can supply extensive reference material for raising them.

Skunks are susceptible to K9 Distemper and Hepatitis as well as Feline Panleukopenia and must be vaccinated to avoid disease.  Fleas can also be a problem.  A skunk is not a puppy or a kitten and is not fed, handled, disciplined or treated as such, or serious physical, medical and behavioral problems can result.  These are non domesticated, intelligent, mischievous & fun animals that require a lot of time and T.L.C. to raise.

They are Insectivores/Omnivores and require a special diet (not just cat food) that you must be willing to prepare daily.  Mazuri Omnivore Zoo Feed "A", fresh fruits and vegetables, Nekton MSA and occasional crickets or King Mealworms which they love dearly is one substantiated diet.  "Raw" diets are also in, but lab work has shown electrolyte imbalances and iron deficiency anemia in some.

These animals are not for everyone, so do your pre-purchase research!

The above is a reprint of an article written by Jack Landess, D.V.M., as a public service.  Reprint permission was obtained from the Florida Pet Pages.

 

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