Vetting your Veterinarian

Vetting your Veterinarian – What every skunk guardian needs to, and has a right to know….

How to interview your vet:Vetting your Veterinarian
What is their bite policy?  Will bites be reported?  This has resulted in the unnecessary seizure and euthanasia of many skunks at this point. Test your vets knowledge of this matter.
What is their vaccine protocol?  (What are they using, and how often?)  Do NOT over vaccinate your skunk.  Titers are much safer.
Your new vet will need appropriate Skunk Blood Reference Ranges.  Share a copy from our Resources  page with them, be assured they will keep this on file for you!
Is your vet willing to confer with others, or research when needed? Willing to admit if they don’t have an answer, but eager to learn?
Is the vets technology up to date, i.e., new (er) diagnostic equipment, digital x-rays?
Is your vet tech savvy and able to share and communicate info in timely / modern manner?
Is your vet in agreement with the “Do not use meds” list?  Be sure your vet will not ever risk your baby’s health with meds other skunks have knowingly died from.
How is your vets dietary knowledge? You do not want a vet that advises you to use any kibble made for other species (STOMP is only packaged species appropriate skunk food).
WILL they be available to you in case of emergency? If not, who will?
Overall “feels”; does he/she like skunks? Do you sense when they handle your pet, that they are handling the way you are raising them to be handled?  How is your baby going to be treated behind closed doors, IF you choose to let them be taken in back? Your rapport with the office staff means nothing if there is even one person there that doesn’t care as you do. And there are PLENTY working with animals that shouldn’t be.
A good, reputable, caring Veterinarian will not only not mind this consultation with you, but will respect your wishes and knowledge, and you are laying the foundation for the well being of your baby, and hopefully a long and healthy life, as well as relationship with a vet you can trust!

Jennifer Lowell
Contributor

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  1. It is very important that both Veterinarian and Technician are comfortable with captive wildlife. The skunk, no matter how nice, is more likely to bite someone who is obviously scared of them. Skunks usually do not appreciate a trip to the vet, and need no encouragement to misbehave. It is very important that the Veterinarian and Technician know how to restrain them for everyone’s safety or know to give Isoflurane gas prior to examination.

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