You are likely to find baby skunks alone but
before taking any action you have to be sure
that they need your help. During April and May,
you are likely to run into a lot of baby skunks.
If you realize that they are all alone during
this period, a good explanation for this is that
they are orphaned because mothers are usually
inseparable from their young ones.
If the baby appears to be very weak, sickish and
thin, you have to immediately help them out. A
skunk that is noted during the day is usually
mistaken to be rabid but if it is a baby,
chances are that it is starving and looking for
something to eat. So what is the correct thing
to do when you find a baby skunk?
It is quite obvious that the baby skunks will be
suffering from starvation, dehydration and
chilled. The first thing to do is to ensure that
they are warmed up. Warming up the babies is
important because they usually depend on their
mother’s warmth for survival. When you are
confident that they are warm enough, you can
comfortably offer them with dehydration
solutions that are also warm.
Make sure that you get the correct dehydration
solutions; you can therefore purchase pedialyte
that is available in most drug stores. Once you
acquire it from the drug store, you have to heat
it and then administer to the baby skunk after
several hours so as to return its initial state
to normalcy. You have to continue offering the
baby skunk the rehydration solution until you
are sure that it is safe from being dehydrated.
You can also feed the baby using esbilac powder
, you have to ensure that you only mix the
necessary quantity, if the baby feeds and leaves
behind some of it, you have to ensure that it is
well refrigerated and kept away from any germs.
Esbilac is the perfect milk replacer and you can
also acquire it in any pet or veterinary store.
When feeding the baby, it is advisable to always
use a syringe, you also have to be careful and
ensure that you control the rate at which the
baby sucks from the syringe. Skunks are known to
have very big appetites and the same applies to
the young ones, therefore you have to ensure
that they feed don’t overfeed or over feed.
The other supplements that you can add to its
diet include; calcium, vitamin D and Taurine.
All these supplements can be obtained from
relevant stores and you also have to ensure that
you are guided through each one of them so that
you can feed the babies with the required
quantities. Never feed baby skunks with milk
from cows, baby formulas and other pet products
because they are likely to cause death!
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