It can happen to the best of us and even our loyal friends, the dog. We all go exploring places without assuming the worst, and then – it happens. A skunk appears out of nowhere and takes the dog by surprise by unleashing a fury of what can be best described as rancid, rotten, and sour smells that engulf our dog. As the dog returns, the memory is still fresh, and he carries that memory wherever it goes. As the dog owner, it is their responsibility to literally wash away those memories. But how do you de skunk your dog?
How To Deskunk Dog Instructions
- There is a big chance that your dog has been sprayed in the face. The dog may feel nauseous, vomit, or may feel disoriented for quite some while. It is quite possible that some of the fluid entered the dog’s mouth. You have to rinse its mouth with water and might even use a rag to clean it up. If the dog vomits, do not give it food for several hours. It should also not be active for a few hours. For the time being, it helps if the dog is in an isolated dry area such as a garage or the backyard.
- With a showerhead, wash the dog’s eyes. The eyes are one of the most sensitive areas and can be quite irritated. It is similar to humans being pepper-sprayed. The symptoms can last for hours. To alleviate some of the effects. Spray cold water unto the eyes gently.
- Skunks can transfer rabies, check for any bite marks. If there is any, consult your veterinarian immediately.
- To wash the dog, it is best to wash it outside. The skunk spray can latch on anything and can leave a smell since skunk spray is an oily substance. You can make a home-made mixture with available household products using the following ingredients:
- 1 quart (950 ml) of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide (available at any pharmacy)
- 1/4 cup baking soda,
- 1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap
Applying the Deskunking Mixture and Bathing
Before applying the mixture, wear gloves. Apply the solution like you would do with a normal bathing session. Massage the solution in the fur and let the fur absorb the solution and rinse after approx. 10 minutes have passed. The hydrogen peroxide can cause colour change to the fur so proceed with caution. Make sure to avoid the mouth and the eyes as well. After having finished bathing your dog, bathe the dog again, but this time with dog shampoo.
Skunks and dogs can have frequent run-ins just with any animal. If you see any skunk activity on your property, make sure to call the technicians from Wildlife Removal Peterborough for swift and ethical skunk removal. Call our customer support team for a free consultation regarding skunk removal and to book your next appointment.