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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.

Spleen, left adrenal, left kidney, and bladder Spleen
Liver and gall bladder Disected kidney
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

Composite image of a skunk's kidneys and adrenal glands Photos by
Alex H Watts, DVM

Dark areas indicate ulcers 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.

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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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