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Your Dog Sprayed by Skunk? Don’t Panic, Take a Deep Breath, and Follow These Steps

First, What Not to Do

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    Assess his behavior. He may be a little stunned and disoriented, but do you notice any other abnormal actions like drooling, vomiting, or acting like he can’t see? Check for any wounds or other injuries. You want to rule out a bite from the offending skunk. If you see any broken skin, take him to your veterinarian just in case he tangled with an animal that has rabies. Look for any rashes or other skin reactions. Some pups can have an allergic response to skunk spray. Check the eyes. If he’s pawing at his face, has lots of tears, or if you see spray around the face and eyes, you’ll want to flush the area with saline and get your pal to the clinic for follow-up care.

Keep your fur-baby outside

    Rubber gloves Old towels Old clothes De-skunk solution ingredients (see below)

De-Skunk Your Dog

    1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide ¼ cup baking soda 1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap

CAUTION!

    DO NOT mix this solution ahead of time. It can explode if you store it in a closed container. DO NOT spray near the eyes or mouth. The peroxide can cause damage to the tissues.

The Next Step

    Soak your dog with water and rub the de-skunking mixture through the fur (remember to wear rubber gloves when handling the peroxide solution). Rinse thoroughly. Shampoo your fur-baby with your usual pet product and dry him with a towel. Wash your clothes with your normal detergent to remove any residual odor.

How Do You Treat a Skunk’s Spray in a Dog’s Eye?

    Redness in the eyes Rapid blinking Pawing at or rubbing the eyes Tearing

Skunk Spray Is Not Only Smelly But Dangerous?

Anemia

    Lethargy Anorexia or lack of appetite Tarry, black feces Red-brown urine Pale membranes around lips, mouth, and gums Discolored skin Fever

Rabies

Symptoms of Skunk Spray in Dogs

Besides the obvious reek, you may see other symptoms after Fido gets sprayed by a skunk:

    Nausea and vomiting – If the spray gets around the nose and mouth, and your pup ingests or inhales some of the chemicals, it can cause vomiting Drooling – Abnormal amounts of drool suggest that the toxic substance contacted the membranes around the mouth. Squinting – The chemicals in the spray are caustic. If it gets in the eye, your pooch may squint due to the pain. Flush the eye ASAP and call your vet for an eye exam. Tearing – When the spray irritates the eye, the glands around the organ will produce extra tears to flush out the chemical. If your pal’s eyes appear wet and have a watery discharge, use a sterile saline eyewash. Rubbing the face and eyes – It’s likely Fido got the spray on his head if he’s rubbing at his eyes and face. Check for signs like squinting and tearing to help determine if any of the substance got in the eye. Temporary blindness – The irritating oils can coat the eye and impair vision. Watch to see if your pooch starts bumping into things and acting like he can’t see very well.

Skunk Smell Aftercare

Monitor Your Pal

What if Fido Still Smells?

What If He Got Sprayed in the Yard?

Where Does Skunk Spray Come From?

How to Avoid Getting Skunked Again?

    Don’t leave treats or food outside. Food scraps attract skunks and other unwelcome guests. If you have fruit trees or a garden, harvest your fruits and vegetables as soon as they’re ripe. Use a trash can with a tight-fitting lid. Better yet, store it inside at night. Skunks are scavengers, and an open garbage bin is inviting to them. Keep Fido inside at dusk and dawn, and use a flashlight or yard lights after dark. You should also avoid walking your pooch near the woods at dawn or dusk. Skunks are normally active at night. If you live near woods, consider using a fence to keep your pup from wandering.

What About the Skunk?

How To Keep Skunks Away From the House?

Modify The Habitat

    Don’t leave treats or food outside. Food scraps attract skunks and other unwelcome guests. If you have fruit trees or a garden, harvest your fruits and vegetables as soon as they’re ripe. Use a trash can with a tight-fitting lid. Better yet, store it inside at night. Skunks are scavengers, and an open garbage bin is inviting to them. Keep Fido inside at dusk and dawn, and use a flashlight or yard lights after dark. You should also avoid walking your pooch near the woods at dawn or dusk. Skunks are normally active at night. If you live near woods, consider using a fence to keep your pup from wandering.

Skunk Repellents

    Predator urine – This product is usually a liquid or granule form of dog or fox urine. Pepper sprays – Try spraying trees in the area of skunk sightings. Ammonia – This chemical can be irritating to wildlife. If you want to try ammonia, the best way to do it is to soak old rags with the chemical and leave them in enclosed areas such as under your porch or deck. Citrus peels – scatter peels from oranges or lemons around your property.

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let sleeping skunks lie, or not

March 4, 2013

Yes mom I looked up the warning signs of rabies, as far as I can tell this little guy doesn’t have any of them. Young skunks are on the look out for new territory and food so you tend to see them more in the day time (especially in early spring when their mothers kick them out in anticipation of giving birth again).

I had visions of my self like this. I would use them much like a falconer uses his birds except to do awful ultimate evil of a stinky variety.

you can never be to careful when dealing with the stinkiest of all tiny bears, here is a shot of him cocked locked and ready to rock.

I have named him Tony Montana because this is a picture of him doing a huge pile of coke (he reminded me of that scene in Scar Face ).

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