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Maria

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We lost Lily recently. She prolapsed Thursday night after dinner. It was much worse than any prolapse I have seen and would not go back in. I texted a picture to our vet who promptly responded go to emergency vet now and off we went. The emergency vet made a point to mention several times the prolapse was the worst he ever saw. Generally, this is caused by improper or incomplete de-worming. In this case, she had been de-wormed recently and on schedule since she came to us. They fixed her up, and put in 2 stitches and we left at 10pm with Lily and her medicines. She took them like a champ for a few days and everything looked normal back there. On Sunday, my husband came home before me. The bathroom looked like a crime scene with blood everywhere. He called the emergency vet who said he couldn't get there until 6pm, an hour and a half away. I got home and packed her up to meet the vet after hours. Lily had removed her stitches and done some damage in the process. The prolapse happened again. I asked for x-rays to see if there was some kind of blockage. The vet had already palpated her and didn't feel anything and everything appeared normal in the x-rays. Lily previously had an enlarged spleen for several years which was a concern. She actually had 3 ultrasounds over a 2 year period. Oddly, her spleen was normal size in the x-rays. They checked to see if she was anemic because of the amount of the blood loss but that was normal too. We took her home with additional medicine. 

Monday did not go well, Lily was not eating or taking her meds. Tuesday, after talking with the vet, we made the decision to hospitalize her in hopes the anti-inflammatory would shrink the tissue so it would stay in. The vet added another medicine that we hoped would help. On Wednesday evening, I got a call saying Lily had projectile vomiting. The vet felt it was time to put her down. The other option was exploratory surgery that he was not hopeful she would survive. We wanted to wait another day hoping against hope the new medicine might help but the vet said Lily was suffering and we agreed he should put her down.

He did a necopsy and found that her intestines were not normal, they were thickened and had telescoped back inside themselves. He knew I would ask if the surgery would have saved her so he tried to do what he would have had to do if we had chosen the surgery. He said it would not have been a success had we chosen that option. 

Lily was not really a friendly skunk, she must have had a rough beginning and never developed a bond with humans. In spite of that, she was always sweet, and never a biter, even through this whole ordeal. She will be missed.  lily11.jpg 

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My Prayers to little Lily....Della
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I am so very sorry for your loss. I cant even imagine the pain you are feeling.
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Oh no! I am so sorry. [frown] 
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Thank you!  We have two older skunks not expected to see 2016, one with a heart condition, and a 12 year old who has exceeded her life span. Losing Lily, who appeared to be in vibrant health, just blindsided us. I am picking up her ashes today. 
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