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Due to the limited knowledge of many veterinarians we are gathering data on various diseases which affect skunks. Many states have Veterinary Medicine Labs which can be called upon for testing and lab reports whenever a skunk is severly ill or dies mysteriously.
Refer to our Vet Care pages and ADV Pages for more information on submitting body parts for testing.
This is a series of annotated pictures from a skunk necropsy.
|Photos by Dr. F. Krupka, DVM|
|It is our experience that the adrenal gland in domestic skunks is larger than would be expected, compared to other species. The necropsy photo above documents the size and appearance of a normal skunk adrenal gland. Dr. F. Krupka, DVM|
Alex H Watts, DVM
|This is a necropsy photo of the inside lining of a skunk's stomach. The picture shows ulcers formed in several places. There is no conclusive data as to why this happened.
Photo by Dr. Frank Krupka, DVM.
It is suspected by some pathologists that have performed necropsies on skunks that one of the underlying problems could be Cushings Disease. The antemortum symptoms seem typical, but there is no conclusive evidence at this time as to the true cause of death.
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