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Bryan'sMama

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Hello All,

    Bryan is our 1 year old female skunk and we have noticed that all she walks she dribbles a bit of urine. When you hold her, your shirt will be wet if you hang onto her for a while. She eats her species recommended diet, has lost weight appropriately, has been dewormed....any ideas? She used to sleep with us but as you can imagine, this is prohibitive. She begs to be held- its heartbreaking. I have had her on a cranberry and Mannose supplement x 2 months now without improvement....also noticed she will limp sometimes with her tail down. After a few weeks- 1 month, she'll lose the limp but seems to reinjure periodically...any ideas?
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How much does she weigh? She must have some kind of injury. Do you have a vet who will see skunks? 

Pet stores sell diaper like garments for dogs that will help until she is diagnosed. You will have to be careful to make sure she doesn't urine burns wearing it. A little cornstarch baby powder helps with that.
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I had the exact problem with Lulu. I also thought she hurt herself to. She was about 11 months old last spring All day where ever she walked you see the dribbles. I had to constantly wash the floors. Every time i would pick her up i would be wet. Whenever i took her outside and sit with her the same thing. This went on about a month. So the next thing i did i took her to the vet to get checked He could not find anything wrong. So a few days later i was able to give him a small sample i took off the floor and it was checked and still nothing wrong. We also tried antibiotics for 2 weeks in case there was in infection or something. the vet and i agreed to go another month to see if it would stop. But still happened. So i tried looking all over the internet to see if i could find an answer for a week. Then after looking around i saw that she might need something in her diet (again i am not a doctor). For some reason i saw something about when an animal was spayed or fixed certain oils were not being made in the body (i am not a doctor did this on my own).
I saw something about Flax seed oil might help. So, i gave her a 1/2 a teaspoon every other day. This was the Flax seed oil for dogs and cats. And after about 2 weeks i did not notice any dribbling at all! so since then a 1 year ago to now i have been giving her the 1/2 teaspoon of flax seed oil 3 times a week and it has worked great no more dribble (knock on wood) since! I would try it . Also i give her Coconut oil and skin and coat oils never all the same day but a different one everyday
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Bryan'sMama

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I will certainly give this a try. Petco was fresh out of diapers and the clerk suggested panty hose (knee hi) with a diaper liner in it...mmmm didn't go well....I'm sure I ll laugh about it later but right now its just a failure.  I ordered the diapers online immediately. Thank you so much for the suggestion....she actually isn't fixed, so Marie had suggested potentially she may be leaving a scent for males to follow...ew.
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andrew ross

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I have this exact same problem with my skunk, pooty, he is about 6 months old now and where ever he goes, he dribbles a little, and sometime more, sometimes he pees alot!!, everytime i put hom on the bed he pees, everytime we hold him , he pees, not always just a dribble, he is not fixed yet so idk on that one, we are at wits end, domt know what todo, i am going to try the flax seed?? Even tho hes not fixed?? We give him his recommended dye and grain free diet, he has never been injured, any help would b much appreciated!!
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Regarding skunks who are not spayed or neutered, I recommend that be done between 6 months and 1 year depending on the size of the skunk. The majority of healthy skunks who are not overweight establish reasonable potty habits within 6 to 8 weeks of the neuter/spay.  There are health issues and behavior issues if this is not done that can cause the skunk not to be a good pet.

If there is a problem afterward and a health issue has been ruled out you may have a dribbler. In my experience, it is not that often and happens more with boys than girls.  I have had dribblers of both sexes. Some people have said that damage can occur in skunks during the de-scenting process that can cause incontinence. I had littermates once, a brother and sister, and both were dribblers. It improved as they got older and the girl stopped doing it. The boy liked to express his displeasure by leaving little puddles. He was definitely not allowed on the bed.
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