What To Do When Your Dog Gets Sprayed By A Skunk
When your dog gets sprayed by a skunk, it doesn’t matter how much you love them, you don’t really want to be around them after they have been sprayed.
A dog that encounters a skunk is often sprayed in the face. The skunk is just defending it’s self by spraying your dog with stinky oil that will sting the dogs eyes. First thing you should do is flush your dog’s eyes with water. Your next step is to take them to the groomers. For emergencies and when you can’t take them right away, is to keep these products on hand:
Odour-neutralizing powder. Douse your dog with it, head to toe, paying particular attention to it’s front end. Confine them to on room (such as a bathroom). So that they will not smell the rest of the home up. Keep this powder on him for at least one hour, then take your dog out side and brush the powder out completely. The powder absorbs the odour, so you must brush it our.
Next, use an enzyme-based de-skunk product. Completely saturate his coat and try to leave it on for at least half an hour. These products use enzymes to harmlessly brake down the skunk oil. Rinse him completely with warm water.
The last step is to use a de-skunk shampoo. Pay particular attention to his face and head. You may need to shampoo him twice. Rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of the shampoo.
If your dog gets sprayed and you don’t have emergency products on hand, you can try one of these remedies:
Wet your dog and apply a little crest toothpaste. Work up a lather and rinse. Don’t let him lick the toothpaste as he may get an upset stomach.
Dilute two ounces of Massengill in a gallon of warm water and pour it all over your dog. Leave it on for 15 minutes and follow with de-skunk or regular dog shampoo, than rinse completely.
Dissolve a quarter cup of baking soda in one quart of hydrogen peroxide. Add one teaspoon of liquid soap. Mix together and pour this solution over your dog and work up a lather. Rinse completely, then use dog shampoo. Keep the ingredients separated until you’re ready to use them and don’t store any unused solution.
Do not use tomato juice, because it doesn’t work and can actually make your dog smell worse as the juice starts to ferment. Tomato juice can also turn a white coat into a pink coat.
Even after all this work, your dog may still smell of skunk for the next few months whenever he get wet. The smell only goes away totally after time and you will just have to love him or her until then.