Sparky's autopsy pictures

Sparky went downhill suddenly middle of May 2016 and stopped eating so I had him put to sleep on 21st of May. He had always had the same bowel movements and then suddenly they changed, were small, crumbly, instead of pooping once he went several times. He also became finicky with his food, first not wanting to eat broccoli, then over a few days he ate less and less. He was examined at the vets and his chest was white on x-ray. They thought he had a chest full of fluid or a tumour. So Furosemide was started. But he went downhill even more over the next 2 days to the point where he did not want to eat and screamed at me when I wanted to pick him up and medicate him. So my gut feeling was that he was in a bad way so I took him to the vets to be put to sleep. The vet suggested they could keep him in, try and draw fluid out of the chest and inject Furosemide and put him on a drip. Luckily I said no. Just my gut feeling like I said. Skunks are so greedy when it comes to food and I could not believe for one minute that his behaviour and symptoms were due to heart disease and fluid. His breathing was absolutely normal and just half a week or a week before he ran around like nothing was wrong at all, no breathing problems, nothing. And to not want food and scream was just telling me he felt *really* ill.

Unfortunately I didn't want to do a post mortem at first so when I changed my mind in the evening I didn't have a tub to send tissue samples off. He had a *huge* tumour in his chest cavity, filling the whole cavity, the heart looked like it had gone hypertrophic. There were dark patches on his intestines / bowel so I'm sure that was what made him acutely ill. And like I said before, he never showed any symptoms like laboured breathing that would have pointed to the tumour. And he must have had it for a year (and longer) as he had the episode where he was full of fluid a year ago and then he never ever had problems again.

I'm adding a lot of photos because I am indecisive and don't know which photos are best so I am going to put all on this page, some photos are of the same thing from different angles...

Mesentery- dark bowel on right side

Mesentery- dark bowel on right side

Mesentery- dark bowel on right side

Tumour in chest

Tumour in chest

Tumour in chest


Tumour in chest & liver and gall bladder

Tumour in chest & liver and gall bladder

Heart

Heart

Heart

Tumour in chest

Tumour in chest

Tumour out of chest & lungs

Tumour out of chest & lungs

Mesentery- dark bowel at the top

Dark bowel

Mesentery with dark bowel

Heart on left, lungs in the middle, tumour on the right

Close-up of the heart

Close-up of the tumour

Close-up of the lungs

Close-up of the tumour

Close-up of the tumour

Close-up of the tumour

Close-up of the heart and lungs

Close-up of the tumour on the left, lungs in the middle, heart on the right