De-Worming

Skunks can get the variety of worms that dogs and cats can get. To name a few; coccidia, hook worms, round worms and tape worms. The most dangerous one from a human standpoint is the round worm Baylisascaris procyonis. Altough rare, if ingested by humans it can cause blindness, death and other medical issues. Since humans can contract this from skunks it is considered a zoonotic disease. The dewormers that kill roundworms will kill Baylisascaris. A fecal exam should be done on any newly acquired baby skunk and I recommend deworming all babies even if the fecal exam is negative.

In certain situations, especially families with young children, deworming monthly as a preventive measure may be done. In some cases, getting a fecal exam annually and basing the treatment on the results is appropriate. Blood work can sometimes reveal that the body is fighting parasites (eosinophilia), and deworming is indicated. The dewormers that have been used in skunks for round worms are the following; pyrantel pamoate (strongid@), fenbendazole (panacur@), ivermectin and revolution (selamectin). Ivermectin and revolution have not been used in pet skunks as much as the other dewormers. Please report any positive or negative experiences with either through the contact page or as a case report. Pfizer makes a strongid tablet called “Nemex” if pilling is easier than giving a liquid to your skunk. The dosage and frequency of the deworming is case by case and should be discussed with your veterinarian.
Unusual worms: Acanthocephalan

Antiparasitics Used On Skunks

Selamectin/Ivermectin

Pyrantel Pamoate (strongid)

Fenbendazole (panacur)