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andrew ross

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Hello, our pet skunk pooty is 6 months old he was born may10, he usually poops like 3x a day and he hasn't pooped in 2 days, today, the 27th is the second say of no pooping , right now he is sleeping 20hrs a day he is up maybe 3 or 4 hours being active , he is also overweight i think im not sire but he looks overweight to me lol, my wife is always giving him treats lol...he usually wakes from sleeping and poops right away sometimes even waking amd going straight to his box to poop..
How worried should i b that he isnt pooping, and what should i do, can i giv him a laxative?? Or fiber?? Im needing some advice here help! Thank you so much!!.....
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Are you in a cold climate? That would explain sleeping more. Have you changed his diet in the last 3 days? Are you following the deworming protocol for kits/juniors in the Mephitis Advocate?
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Yes we are in wisconsin and its getting colder fast, ..we havent changed hos diet bit he did get into the cat food 2 days ago and ate a bunch od it while we were sleeping that night lol, and yes we are worming him but idl what the mephitis advocate is...we are giving him pyrantel pamoate but we were instructed by the breeder to switch it up because they develop an immunity to the wormer. So we also have the panacur but i havent figured out the dose yet its for horses an is in a huge tube...so far we hav given it to him every 2weeks for 2 months and now 1 time per month....i would love to see this mephitis advocate tho if you could point me in yhe right direction i would very much appreciate it, thank youl!
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Hello, i also have questions about his pooping habits. ... He has taken to pooping riggt next to his box so we have had to pit newspaper down in several spots, he mostly poops in the one corner by his box bit here and there he will poop under my bed by where he sleeps or behind the front door of the house lol..so what im wondering is this, what can i do to discipline him and what can i do to get him to go in his box, so far i hav given him time outs in a storage bin or galvanized trash can, a very clean one used only for critters lol, by himself for a few minuites but nothing else except for scolding him....when he does go in his box i always try sn remmeber to praise him an give him a treat....
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Most likely he is sleeping more due to the weather. Below is what I would do. If you do feel you are not able to do all of it, take him to the vet now.
Regarding not pooping, first of all, I would do a search of hidden areas he has access to like under beds, inside cabinets, inside furniture to make sure he has not just chosen new spots. When they sleep more, they are more likely to poop and pee very close to where they are sleeping even if it is not the usual place to go potty. They can be very lazy this time of year. It can take a few days until the smell builds and you notice it. 

Another potential reason for the change in potty habits is getting in the cat food and probably gorging on it. The different nutritional make-up and or water content could have disrupted his potty routine. I would pick him up and gently feel his lower abdomen. You can usually feel if they are full of stool. If he is overweight, it may be more difficult. If you feel something hard, you need to get him to a vet today! Generally, when there is a blockage, they get diarrhea as liquid is the only way past the blockage. There are exceptions of course. Any blockage of poop or pee is a medical emergency!

You need to follow the deworming protocol here:
http://mephitisadvocate.com/2015/06/de-worming-your-baby-skunk/

Once you have completed the deworming for kits switch to the adult protocol. You should throw out the horse dewormer immediately! The active drug in the horse dewormer is not equally distributed throughout the product. It is meant for large animals who take the entire tube. When people try to save money by using it for smaller animals, they end up with some doses that have little to no drug and others that have too much drug which can be fatal! 

Due to the reason above, it is possible he could have a build up of parasites that prevents him from pooping in this case. Deworming the skunk and managing parasites in a skunk is a lifelong challenge for new skunk owners. Again, if you suspect a blockage, immediately get him to a vet.

So to recap, search your home and verify whether he has been pottying somewhere you don't know about. Check the skunk to see if you can feel an obstruction. If yes, immediately take him to the vet. If you confirm there is no other place he could have gone and you feel like he is full but not blocked (it doesn't feel as hard as an obstruction, you can go to the drug store and purchase suppositories for an infant. Put on gloves and insert 1 infant suppository in his rectum. He should poop within a short time. If he doesn't poop, he needs to see a vet today.

Once this is resolved, you need to determine if the skunk is overweight and take immediate corrective action if so. Excessive weight, while they are growing, can cause skeletal damage that can not be corrected, ever! Weigh him and post pictures so we can see what he looks like. Let me know what happens. I think the most likely cause is from getting into the cat food but it is better to be safe than sorry. There are reasons why the mortality rate is so high the first year for skunks.
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He may not like his box if it is too small or too much trouble to get into. Many of mine, prefer just a newspaper on the floor. It sounds like you are trying to offer both incentives and punishment. It doesn't appear that he is on the same wavelength so it's not working. Try blocking off any areas you don't want him to use. This is the reason we have a platform bed. Incentives often don't work if the skunk doesn't know what they are for. Rewards only work if given immediately. Try giving a small treat immediately after using the right place ( make changes to suit skunk), block all the wrong spaces (yes I know this is not convenient I have 8 of my own), and stop the punishment for now. Once he gets the general concept, you can try the timeout when he misses. Right now, he seems to be telling you he doesn't like the setup.
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I do not think he is obstructed, i felt his tummy and i cant find any hard lumps it also doesn't feel all that full, im no expert tho so idk forsure but there are no lumps that i or my wife can find, i actually just found a pile under my bed that is fresh he had to hav gone in the last hour, it is mushy but not diarrhea, also found a dry turd in the same spot so he must still b pooping a little so thats good!!!
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Ok, so he is not blocked. He got a bit backed up because of the cat food. Now you know for sure that a sudden change in diet will result in a change in his potty habits. The cat(s) need to eat out of range of the skunk and the same with storage of the cat food. I don't think you need the suppository, just monitor him for a few days. If he is back to normal, great.

Weigh him and post some pictures. Read up on the deworming asap. I have taken in juniors who were completely blocked due to incorrect or incomplete deworming. If it gets too bad, they can have seizures and die.
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Hello, ok so pooty seems to b ok he is sleeping alot, he is pooping regularly again so maybe we were to quik to worry, i am however concerned about something i just observed with pooty, he was wiping his butt on the floor back and forth and i didn't think anything ofit until i had him on my lap on his back and i looked at his butt and he has this big wad of clear mucus on his butthole , and it is bloody, i put him down after cleaning him up and he continued to wipe his butt a couple of times, leaving another big wad of bloody mucus, ....i need help here!, what should i do?, and i realize that bloody poop or anything bloody coming from his bunghole is a bad thing,.....
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Parasites cause itchy butts so skunks drag or bite themselves. He may prolapse.  Mucus is often present due to the irritation. I cannot stress how important it is to properly de-worm a kit. Now he is a junior and according to what you have said, he has not been properly de-wormed. You will probably need to take him to the Vet to get a correct weight and the right kind of Panacur asap. Absolutely do not give him horse de-wormer! The Vet will want to do a fecal which may or may not be helpful as the fecal can be negative in a skunk that is full of parasites. You have to be more than careful when you de-worm him because, at this point, he might prolapse and need immediate vet care or even become blocked. Definitely, do not do on the weekend in case you have a problem.
Every year,  there are young skunks who die because they weren't properly or completely de-wormed. This is totally preventable by following the protocol. He should have been de-wormed 2-3 times (depending on fast he grows) using the pyrantel pomoate given by the Vet on his first visit when you got him. It is important to give the dose based on his weight which is higher with each dose. As soon as he reached 4 pounds, the Vet can dose Panacur, 3 days in a row, wait 2 weeks and again 3 days in a row. The reason you switch to Panacur, is it kills more than just roundworms. Giving pyrantel pomoate monthly can make the problem worse. The medicine only kills the parasites, not the eggs they lay. That is why you follow with another dose 2 weeks later. By waiting a month, the eggs are now parasites laying eggs so it is a never ending cycle. It is true that the parasites can become immune to pyrantel pomoate when given monthly.
I would take him in tomorrow.
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andrew ross

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After we got him i dosed him with the pyrantel pamoate at least 4 times the directions i had said every 2 weeks for 4 weeks then once a month after that, that is the point where we are now, so should i stop and follow the directions from the site you gave me or take him to a vet or what, i followed the directions on the packaging for the pyrantel pamoate it says 5ml per 10 lbs body weight so i adjusted accordingly ...he has been wormed 3 plus times by me personally so im not sure what to do now...
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Also pootys birthdate is may 10. He will b 7 months in a cpl weeks...so he is still technically considered a kit?
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No, he is a junior until he is one year old.  Skunks reach adult size somewhere between 8 months and 1.5 years.  The description you gave of butt scooting and bloody mucus is consistent with parasites in skunks. I am not a Vet so it could also be consistent with other health problems. When he reached 4 lbs, he should have received his first dose of Panacur dosed by a Vet as caution is needed for this particular drug. Panacur is very effective when used correctly.  Once the skunk is over 5 lbs, the owner can safely dose per instructions. Then you can alternate the de-wormers to help prevent building a tolerance to either drug. Never de-worm monthly for the reasons I already explained.

Assuming the best case scenario that you gave the correct dose for his weight, which would have changed with each de-worming, then he likely would not have roundworms. That doesn't mean he doesn't have other parasites. Pyrantel Pomoate is only for pinworms, roundworms, and hookworms. It actually doesn't kill the worms, just paralyzes them so they can be passed through the stool.  Pooty definitely needs to be seen by a Veterinarian familiar with skunks. Managing parasites in skunks is nothing like managing them in dogs or cats. If that is not his current issue, you will need a diagnosis of what is his problem so it can be treated. 
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