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Renaeatkins

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. So I've rescued a skunk from an individual that was going to euthanize her for aggression. I've had her for almost two months now... Feeding her well and she is actually looking better with a whiter coat etc. She is a sweetheart (sort of) when out of the kennel, when inside the kennel she is a terror! I feel like he abused her in some way or another. The guy did not seem very nice at all during handoff of her. She obviously hated him. She was shaking, hissing, defecated herself, and biting him. As soon as I had him put her in my arms she was fine. When he went to say goodbye she lunged to bite him. She is coming around for me.. I'm able to pet her while she eats in the kennel, but if I would put my hand in to take her out she'll bite without hesitation. I have not exposed her to my other skunks yet. When she is out of the kennel she scratches to get back in. It apparently is her safe zone. I have to pick her up with a blanket and then hold her as such... She will snuggle with me and has not bit my face or has acted aggressive as of yet when holding her except sometimes she gets bipolar and out of no where bites. Any suggestions? The vet wants to place her on prozac but I'm concerned that is not the right thing to do. She is 3 years old and spaded.
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Lynnda Butler

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Two months isn’t always enough time to acclamate to a new home. It sounds as if you’ve made quite a bit of progress already but you need to undo 3 years of issues. Give her time...let her be in the kennel if she wants. provide her with your old T shirts and snuggly things to sleep on. It once took me a year to turn a snippy personality around. I’m not a prozac fan...Maria probably has updated ideas on natural additives.
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Renaeatkins

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Well at least I have hope that she will get better.. I’m trying everyday!! I have tried getting calming medicine from amazon etc.. seems to only make her worse for some reason..
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Maria

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You are definitely describing a skunk that was physically abused.  It's going to take some time for her to get better and she may not ever be 100% pet quality. Just like us, she has to be willing to let go of the past.  Skunks are quite stubborn and you can't make her let go but there are a few things to do to help her feel safe again.  Creating an atmosphere where she feels safe should be your number one goal because you won't get anywhere before that happens. 

Lynnda is right about the kennel. Do not take it away from her as it was probably where she retreated to from being abused. It is unlikely that she will ever trust or bond with a male human and she may always be aggressive towards men or boys. If there are men or boys in your household, try to house her in a room by herself and encourage them to stay away from her. They should not handle her or feed her for now. If she starts to let go of the past, you can try seeing how she behaves then but for now she needs no additional stress. 

I haven't met a skunk that I thought needed prozac but I am not a Veterinarian.  I have had some luck with CBD oil and L-Theanine. One or both should mellow her out. The dose for CBD oil that I use is double the dog dose. L-Theanine dose is between 50mg and 100mg, twice a day.  

Are you keeping her away from the other skunks for a reason? Once I get a clear from the Vet, I try to integrate the new one with my others unless it is an un-neutered male.  Usually the abused skunks have no fight with other skunks, just with humans. They actually feel safer in the group than alone. Try letting her meet your skunks, one at a time under close supervision. Start with ones that are easy going if you have any. When she is in a position to watch your others interact with you and see they find it a positive experience, that will help her realize not all humans are bad. 

Our Jasper was horribly abused and I couldn't handle him for over 2 years. His former owner thought he could discourage the nipping kits do by smashing his toes. When he arrived, he had a 3rd degree burn on his back that was infected. We quickly figured out it was a man who did that to him as he would chase my husband through the house trying to bite him.  Jasper's favorite trick was to sneak up behind Jorge in the bathroom and rip open the back of his leg. Jorge would have to jump in the tub and yell for me to rescue him.  When I went into the bathroom, there was Jasper on guard and Jorge in the tub, sometimes bleeding. Jasper was a pretty large male, he was 12 pounds at his normal weight probably because he hadn't been neutered until we got him at age 2.  He was strong and every bite was the rip and twist so we were afraid to have him around the other skunks until I was sure the hormones were down after his neuter. We got a kit maybe 4 months after Jasper. Adding a kit to a household of adult skunks can be dangerous because the kits annoy the older skunks.  Jasper was the best baby sitter for Shayna. She climbed him like he was jungle gym and he played with her for hours. She was a nervous baby and being with him calmed her.  He began a slow process to bond with me. Unfortunately, he was never able to trust Jorge. A few years after we got him, I tripped and fell in the back of the house and Jorge came running. For whatever reason, Jasper came running too and got there first. He nuzzled me and then whipped around when Jorge got closer. He literally took an aggressive stance between me and Jorge snarling at him. Protective behavior is not a trait usually seen in male skunks.

For now, I would not try to bond with her until you get a sign she is ready. The sign could be a certain look you recognize from having skunks or maybe she comes to you and scent marks you or a spontaneous offer to play. Nothing that happened to her before was her fault so try to remember that when her behavior is disappointing to you. It has to happen on her time table if it is going to happen. Thank you for seeing she needed a good home! Hopefully she will get along with your others because that should speed up the healing process for her.
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