WHAT TO DO IF YOUR DOG IS SPRAYED BY A SKUNK.
It's that time of year again when the skunks are out nightly fattening up for the winter. Unfortunately, this means more encounters between dog and skunks. Knowing what to do and having the ingredients on hand will save you and your dog from suffering any more than necessary.
Skunk wash can easily made at home from common ingredients found in your house. I strongly recommend you buy enough ingredients for a few washings, print the following recipe and keep it all where you can get to it quickly (last time we used it was at midnight just as we thought we were going to bed).
There are two recipes. The recipe with the smaller ratio of peroxide would be
preferable for dogs whose coat color may be affected adversely by the peroxide.
Troy, who works at the Humane Society in Thunder Bay, Ontario, CA, sent me this tip. Fortunately, I have not had a chance to test it, so please let me know if you try it.
"I have a solution you might want to post which is THE most effective way to remove skunk smell, and also the cheapest and easiest. The solution-PEPSI!
I work at the Humane Society in Ontario, Canada, where skunks often enter the yard at night in search of dog food and whatnot. Several of my dogs have been sprayed, and this solution always works. You take a regular 2-litre bottle of Pepsi (must be Pepsi-not Coke or Diet Pepsi, etc), shake it up REALLY good, then open the cap and spray it all over your dog (not in eyes, mouth or nose).
Leave it on the dog for about 20 minutes, then wash the dog with regular dog shampoo. The fizzing action of the Pepsi reacts with the skunk spray and the smell is virtually gone (some sight odor remains, but that's inevitable).
Thanks for the tip, Troy!
Jenifer F. shared this tip. I haven't tried it yet.
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