Hobkin Update: Stable, Subcutaneous Fluids, Sneezing

Had a quiet night. The best kind of night in the world. Set an alarm to wake me every two hours so I could offer Hobkin some food and see how his appetite was. Normally didn’t need to wait for the alarm to go off, as Hobkin would wake up and try to get down off me to use the litter pan at around the 1hr 45min mark, which woke me up anyway. Feel a great empathy and appreciation for parents of newborn infants. Don’t know how they can survive this sort of sleep schedule for months.

Hobkin’s appetite is still way down, which is worrisome but totally understandable. However, I’ve been able to coax him to munch a few mealworms or crickets or peanuts throughout the night, and he’s readily taking his meds infused in whipped cream. I also just administered 150ml of subcutaneous fluids to him, so he should be hydrated.

The so-good-I’m-trying-not-to-overreact news is that I think his breathing is back to normal. Possibly a little harder than usual, but so much better than Friday night/Saturday morning that it’s nearly unbelievable. He has started having sneezing/coughing fits—little bursts of 5-7 sneezes/coughs in a row—which I don’t know how to feel about. Is he just clearing the last fluid from his lungs? Or is it indicative of a problem? As long as he’s breathing well and seems comfortable, not going to fret about it and will bring it up with the vet tomorrow. Also been gradually dialing down the oxygen throughout the night from 4 liters/minute to 1 liter/minute.

What I am really worried about is that he suddenly started displaying severe hind leg weakness last night to the point where he can barely walk a couple steps without flopping or wobbling over. He’s a senior skunk and this has been very hard on him, and he already suffers from arthritis, but this looks like what some of our ferrets experienced when they had cancer. Not a lot I can do about it right now since our total focus must be on getting him over his pneumonia, but it’s worrisome.

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12 Responses to Hobkin Update: Stable, Subcutaneous Fluids, Sneezing

  1. threeoutside says:

    We’re still here with you, sweetie. Go, Hobkins! That’s a good skunk! Give your mom extra skunk kisses ’cause she’s the BEST Mom!

  2. amandamagick says:


    I am doing Subcu with my cat as well. Puddin is doing ok. I just wanted to let you know that you are not alone. I know its hard to help and watch your pet being so ill. Good Luck. ((hugs))

  3. alanajoli says:

    Gosh, poor little guy! I wish him continued recovery!

  4. Poor little guy. Hope you get some sleep during the day.

  5. sboydtaylor says:

    Oh no! I’d somehow missed that he was sick. I hope that he’s breathing easier is a good sign, and I hope the leg weakness doesn’t indicate anything bad. Best wishes.

  6. So glad to hear that there are improvements in Hobkin’s condition. Hoping everything else will clear up when he’s completely better.

    Take care of yourself. ::HUGS:: Hope you can get caught up on your sleep. Lack of is such a miserable thing.

  7. lmeighmy says:

    I’m so glad to hear he’s improving! I hope your other worries are for nothing.

  8. fahkingnut says:


    Still making with the prayers sweetie, that and healing thoughts your and his way.

    Love & Hugs,

  9. j_cheney says:

    I hope that the hind lag is just exhaustion. (My dog developed a hind leg issue several months ago, without any cause…so we worry about the C thing too).

  10. shaolingrrl says:

    What a family of troupers! I’m so glad his breathing is better. That’ll be a big load of stress off of him, too. Still thinking about you.

  11. terracinque says:

    Great news! I’m relieved.

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