As a Skunk Haven Rep I am committed to taking in Skunks in need of a home. Once taken in we work with those skunks to either re-home them to people looking to own a skunk or in some rare cases, we keep them. This Saturday I went and picked up Flower from his owner. Flower's entire situation really spoke to my heart. One half of a married couple passed away, and while the skunk's owner tried to do his best dealing with grief and with the care of Flower, Flower had always been more of the partner's pet. It eventually became clear to him that he was not providing Flower with the attention and time that he needed due to long work hours. To top it off, with the loss of his primary caregiver, Flower was depressed.
So it has been 20 days since I first picked up Flower and he surprised me with his size. At 24 lbs I was not sure I would be able to manage getting him back to a healthier weight, especially when it became obvious that his size was impeding his ability to walk
After several months of working with Flower we have him down about 6 lbs. He dropped weight rather quickly at first just from calorie control and then he has slowly lost more weight through a mix of diet and exercise. Since I have been asked by several skunk owners, here is my diet regimen for him.