Skunks require a special diet for a long healthy life. Some suggested food items include, fresh or frozen vegetables such as: beets, bok choy,broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, collard greens, corn, cucumber, endive, green beans, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, parsley, parsnips, peas, any type peppers, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, romaine lettuce, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, turnip greens, water chestnuts, watercress, zucchini.
Dairy products such as cheese or yogurt.
Cooked fish, chicken, turkey, veggie burgers or a high quality natural dog food that is low in protein.
Unsweetened cereals, whole grain breads, cooked grains such as barley, brown rice or oats. Cooked lentels, black-eyed peas, various dryed beans, pasta
Almonds, plain popcorn.
Fruits two or three times per week: apples, bananas, cranberries, blueberries, kiwi, melons, oranges, pears, peaches.
Suggested feeding schedule: 5 to 8 weeks, every 4-6 hours; 2 to 6 months, 3 times a day, adult, 1 to 2 times a day.
Please use common sense when feeding your skunk. Some require more or less feedings depending on the activity and body build. A skunk with low blood sugar may need anywhere from 3-5 small meals a day. A large skunk with a low activity level may do just fine on one meal a day.
I can't stress enough the importance of weight control. Obesity can lead to severe health problems for your skunk such as heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, arthritis and other skeletal problems.
A beautiful sleeping skunk?? Sadly to say she is suffering from arthritis and esphogeal problems.
Hopefully, within a few months we can get some of the excess weight off of her.