Pee-ew! What to do if your dog gets sprayed by a skunk

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Pee-ew! What to do if your dog gets sprayed by a skunk

It happened – your dog had a run-in with the neighborhood skunk. Wondering what to do? Get rid of that funky smell with this homemade skunk odour remover for dogs.

“Here boy!” you yell. Your dog comes racing back to you reeking of skunk musk. That pungent spray is a mixture of sulphur compounds that are stored in the skunk’s anal glands. These small black and white creatures can launch their musk up to 15 feet, and it easily disperses in the air, making it hard for your dog to get out of the line of fire.

Is it harmful?

It’s definitely gross, but did you know that a skunk attack can also be harmful to your dog? That smelly spray will not feel good if it lands in your dog’s eyes or an open wound, but ingesting or inhaling it can be even worse. Skunk musk is nature’s pepper spray – it’s not only unpleasant, but painful.

Signs of distress related to a skunk spray incident can include gagging and vomiting, squinting, runny eyes, pawing at the face, and whimpering.

On top of the foul smell, another reason to be wary of skunks is that they can carry rabies, parasites, or other harmful diseases.

DIY skunk odour remover for dogs

If it’s too late to prevent your dog getting sprayed, you’ll need to get rid of that stench quickly. Here’s a simple recipe for an effective skunk odour remover:

Ingredients

  • 1 litre hydrogen peroxide
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap (preferably unscented)

Directions

  1. Mix ingredients in an open container such as a pail or bowl and apply directly to your dog.
  2. Rub the mixture through your dog’s coat and rinse thoroughly, avoiding eyes and mouth.
  3. Let your dog dry completely.
  4. A second bath may be needed if the attack was severe.
  5. Discard the leftover solution. The solution can have a chemical reaction if left to sit for too long. It should never be stored in a sealed container.

What if it doesn’t cut it?

Even after the homemade odour removal treatment, you may find that the skunk smell persists. A final bath using regular dog shampoo with a few drops of a pet-safe essential oil, like peppermint or eucalyptus, should do the trick by masking and neutralizing the smell.

Prevention tips

To prevent future run-ins with skunks, avoid walking your dog off leash in areas with tall grass and dense bushes. This is where skunks tend to hide.

Another way to prevent skunk encounters is to put a bell on your dog. Giving the skunk a heads up that your dog is heading his way allows him more time to sneak away.

Preventing your dog from getting sprayed by a skunk is always easier and safer than dealing with the stinky after-effects. But if your pup does get sprayed, this DIY solution will help you remove that nasty odour as quickly as possible!

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