Vaccinations

Pet Skunk Vaccination Schedule

Distemper:
The canine Galaxy D distemper vaccine has been discontinued. The combination vaccines (DA2PP) contain many unnecessary vaccines, and is not recommended. My preference is the Purevax Ferret Distemper. For a young skunk two to three vaccines two to three weeks apart is ideal. Then a booster is done annually. The number of initial vaccines depends on how old the skunk is when the series is started. The age at which the skunk begins the vaccine series depends on the risk of exposure. For example, a skunk that is going to live alone, not go outside, and not be around dogs and cats going in and out of the household can start the series later then the skunk that spends time outdoors or lives with animals that could bring in the disease. However, it is always possible to bring distemper virus into the home on clothes, shoes and hair, so be aware of your potential exposure to the disease.

Instead of an automatic annual booster vaccine, many owners prefer to check the skunk’s titer (level of antibodies) to make sure that the skunk is still protected. Be sure that your veterinarian checks what level of dilution the lab is using to test the titer, as a weak dilution will create false negatives and your skunk will get an unnecessary booster.

Feline Leukemia:
NOT NECESSARY. I have not found a single case of Feline Leukemia in a skunk in the literature. If there is anyone that has seen a case, please provide the information so that we can share it on this website.

Rabies:
Not recognized by most states, not labeled for use in skunks. Discuss with your veterinarian the risks and benefits. The rabies vaccine is done to protect your skunk from getting rabies if there is any chance that your skunk will be exposed to the virus. If your skunk bites someone, and the bite is reported, the rabies vaccine will not be legally recognized, and depending on the circumstances your skunk may be euthanized and tested for rabies even if it is vaccinated.