If your dog has been sprayed by a skunk, you need to act quickly. While your first step should be getting the smell out of your dog’s fur, your next step should be getting skunk repellent to keep it from happening again. Or you could get some raccoon traps to catch the offending skunk!
Help! My Dog has been Sprayed by a Skunk!
Some say the smell can last up to two years if not addressed immediately. Not only is the smell burning to your eyes and nose, it can also cause blindness for up to two days if sprayed in the eyes. Below is a quick remedy to get the smell out of your dog’s fur. It’s based on a solution using ingredients you can find in your home.
- Put your dog someplace safe while you gather your supplies. Don’t let him on his dog bed or on your carpet. The skunk spray is actually oil. It’s incredibly difficult to get out of upholstery or clothes.
- Having said that, put on old clothes. Not only do you want to keep your clothes from getting the smell on them, you also don’t want to get your good clothes stained. If you have gloves, use them.
- Mix the solution in a bowl or bucket: 4 cups of hydrogen peroxide, 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of dish detergent. Be sure to keep the solution in an open container, such as a bowl or bucket. And do not store any unused portion. It will pressurize and could explode in the container.
- Put cotton balls in your dog’s ears. This will ensure the solution doesn’t get in them, protecting the sensitive inner ear tissue.
- Depending on the length of your dog’s fur and where it got sprayed, you may want to consider cutting the affected area short. This will make removing the smell easier.
- Use paper towels to soak up as much of the oil as you can.
- Wet your dog and apply the mixture into the dog’s fur. Be careful to keep it out of his eyes, ears and mouth. If his face was sprayed, carefully apply the mixture using a washcloth.
- Rinse your dog’s fur thoroughly.
Prevent Future Sprays with Skunk Repellent
To prevent future sprays, keep the skunks away by using a skunk repellent. In granular or liquid form, effective skunk repellent targets the smell, taste and touch senses. It contains oil of black pepper, capsaicin and piperine.
Look for a skunk repellent that is all natural and safe to use around kids and dogs. Ideally, it should last up to 30 days before needing reapplied. Liquid is useful for protecting large areas; they are easier to apply using a motorized pump or sprayer. Liquid can also provide vertical protection, which means you can spray the entire trashcan.
Granular, on the other hand, can provide a barrier of protection. A plus of the granular is it’s obvious when reapplication is needed. If you don’t see the repellent, you know you need to reapply. Also, granular can be used year-round while liquid can only be used when temperatures are above 40 degrees.
This post is written by guest blogger Mike Ishman who likes to blog about animals, especially how to treat animals humanely, such as using skunk repellent and groundhog traps to catch and release nuisance animals.