August 9, 2016

Help! My Dog Has Been Sprayed By A Skunk!

At one time or another your dog might be unlucky enough to be sprayed by a skunk, pee you.  Unfortunately, Alle came face to tail with one a couple of weekends ago and got sprayed.  If you have ever had a dog sprayed by a skunk you know how rancid the odor is and how its lingering smell engulfs you, destroying everything in it's path. 

Here are some tips and advice that I learned that helped us after Alle got sprayed including a homemade solution to wash the smell off your dog:
  • Once sprayed try to keep your dog outside so the unpleasant smell doesn't carry into your home.  Which can be hard because your dog's instinct is to run for safety.  Alle ran inside and there is still a hint of that odor in the house.
  • Check to see if your dog's eyes are red or irritated, a skunk usually strikes in the face of its victim.  If so immediately flush their eyes with water.  Keep an eye on your dog's eyes that they get better over the next coming days.  Alle's eyes were extremely irritated and red but luckily were fine a day later.
  • Try to wash your dog outside. 
  • Use gloves.
  •  Do not use tomato sauce! It doesn't neutralize the smell off your dog and will stain their fur.
  • If your dog rubbed some of the skunk smell onto your clothes which is very likely, wash them with a cup of baking soda mixed in with your usual detergent.
  • Wash your dog with Nature Miracle Skunk Odor Remover which is a quick fix but if you don't have any on hand like me because I didn't even know we had skunks.  I used a homemade solution with stuff I already had.
  • To make this homemade solution, you will need:
    A pair of rubber gloves
    1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide
    1 teaspoon liquid dawn dish washing soap
    1/4 cup baking soda

    * For large size dogs (like Alle) double this recipe.
    * Make sure you use the entire mixture because it could explode & to wash it completely from your dog's fur because it can bleach it.
  • After neutralizing the smell off your canine wash them with pet shampoo.



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