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Boringoldsally

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Hi. My name is Rebeka and I’m new to the group. I found my little girl on the side of the road in June and she was doing Great up until about 3 weeks ago. She stopped eating out of know where. The only thing I can get her to eat are mealworms. She was over weight before but she is shrinking quickly! Needless to say I am totally freaking out!
I don’t live in a state that skunks are legal so I don’t have a vet that I can take her to. So she isn’t spayed and hasn’t had any shots. I’ve been trying desperately to get her to take some dewormer but I can’t put it in her food since she will only eat mealworms. I got some in liquid form but can’t even get that down her either.
She drinks a lot of water but throws it up sometimes. She sleeps ALL the time but when she is awake she acts ok but I know she’s not.
If anyone has any ideas I would SO appreciate it. And I’m really hoping this is a safe site to post this.
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You should be safe here but do not mention where you live.

It is actually hard for kits and juniors to be overweight so I'm guessing her diet is not the best or she is getting way too much food. Sometimes when they are getting processed foods, they can fixate on certain foods (usually the most unhealthy ones) and then go on a hunger strike if they don't keep getting it. Throwing up water is a concern. Has she ever been de-wormed? If not, that can explain the symptoms. 

Why can't you syringe her? I am assuming she is not descented. Can she be handled at all? Most de-wormers are made to be palatable. Is it possible to bundle her in a towel and quickly syringe her? What about mixing with a favorite food? Peanut butter, yogurt, applesauce? Almost anything to get it in her.

Regarding a Vet, you need to find a licensed rehabber in your area and make a friend. The rehabber will have access to Veterinarians who treat wildlife. You need someone who will take the skunk to the Vet as if she belongs to the rehabber. You will reimburse the rehabber for the bill afterward. At, this point the skunk is probably too socialized to be released and this is the only way she will get treated. Rehabbers make the decision whether wildlife can be released or not. 
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Boringoldsally

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Hi Maria. Thank you so much for replying to my message. I’ve been feeding her scrambled eggs, chicken, uncurd turkey bacon and things like that. A few Cheerios. I’ve never had any luck with fruit or vegetables with her.
She has abruptly stopped eating everything but mealworms. I’ll have my daughter help me tomorrow with wrapping her in a towel to get the dewormer in her.
She is very tame and loving but not descented or spayed. I wouldn’t descent her even if I could find a vet. She doesn’t ever spray anyway. Ive called all the local vets and even the local rehabber and no luck with either on getting her spayed or even looked at. It’s really discouraging. The rehabber just wants me to surrender her and won’t help unless I do. I can’t believe the vets in my area.
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Maria

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That's too bad. Did you get the de-wormer in her? How is she now?
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Boringoldsally

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I got the dewormer down her and she is doing GREAT! Thank you for asking.
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