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Branitad

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After a diagnosis of spondylosis over a month ago, my little girl has a tumor on her back leg. With the spine problems and her age, they do not recommend treatment. We are having a hard time dealing with it. She only eats certain things now. I was using the cookies as a way to get the antiflamitory meds in her. She won't eat those now. I don't want her to suffer. Being that this wasn't found when her back xrays were done, makes me think it's fast growing. Is there a good way to get meds down skunks easily? She is still eating. She eats mealworms and stomp but that's about it.
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I'm so sorry to hear that! If it is pills, I have had good luck using pieces of dried cranberries as pill pockets. Also shredded cheese, a pinch, wrapped around the pill. Be aware NSAID pain relievers are not recommended for skunks. Hopefully, they gave you something safe like tramadol.
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Branitad

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I have been giving her the medication you recommended for anti-inflammatory. I do have some tramadol left over from my dog when I was hit by a car. Thank you for all your help.
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There are some other things I give when the diagnosis is cancer to hopefully buy more quality time. Let me know if you are interested. 
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Branitad

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Yes, definitely interested. We adore her and want to make her as comfortable as possible.
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I double the dose of serrapeptase to make sure the skunk is comfortable.  If they are in obvious pain, the Vet usually gives Tramadol twice per day. Ask if her type of cancer responds to prednisone. I only use it in end of life scenarios but sometimes the skunk responds so well it is like they are not even sick, at least for a while.

I like this product:
https://alohamedicinals.com/product/immune-assist-complete/

You would have to open the capsules and mix one capsule with food, twice a day. This is difficult if she is not eating and the next link might be a better choice.

I also like this product:
https://www.amazon.com/Mushroom-Wisdom-Inc-Maitake-Fraction/dp/B00014ECAE/ref=sr_1_5_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1543598491&sr=8-5&keywords=maitake%2Bextract&th=1

This is easy to give directly into their mouths. Note, you don't need both, only one of the mushroom extracts. If you are giving PetSpan, I would double the dose. If you are not giving it, it is not likely she will want to take it at this point as it is an acquired taste.

Many skunks when they are sick will stop eating their regular diet. This does not mean they are ready to go. They can survive on feeder insects as that is their natural diet. The less carbohydrates in their diet, the better. Carbs can be a fuel for cancer cells. The important thing is to pay attention to how the skunk is feeling. Quantity of life over quality should not be the goal.  Some skunks are ok or even seem to enjoy supportive care. Others are miserable so that has to be taken in consideration.  I also keep Carnivore Care and feeding syringes in case the skunk stops eating suddenly.


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