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Helping a Dog Thats Been Sprayed by a Skunk

Helping a Dog Thats Been Sprayed by a Skunk

Oh No, My Dog Got Skunked!

It was a dark and stormy night (okay, maybe not that dramatic, but you get the idea). My dog Buddy and I were out for our usual evening walk around the neighborhood when suddenly, I heard the most god-awful noise. It was a high-pitched screeching sound, followed by the unmistakable stench of skunk. Before I could react, Buddy came running back to me, tail between his legs, with a look of pure terror on his face. Yep, you guessed it – my poor pup had managed to get himself sprayed by a skunk.

Now, if you’re a dog owner, you know this is one of those moments that can fill you with dread. The thought of having to de-skunk your canine companion is enough to make anyone’s stomach turn. But fear not, my fellow dog lovers! I’m here to share my hard-earned wisdom on how to tackle this smelly situation.

What to Do When Your Dog Gets Skunked

First things first, it’s important to assess the situation. According to the experts at VCA Hospitals, if the skunk spray got into your dog’s eyes or mouth, it’s time for an emergency trip to the vet. Skunk spray is a nasty, noxious substance, and direct contact with these sensitive areas can cause serious irritation and even damage.

Buddy, on the other hand, seemed to have just gotten a good spraying on his fur. So, the next step was to get him cleaned up as soon as possible. Now, you might be tempted to reach for the trusty ol’ tomato juice, but that’s actually not the best solution. As the experts at the American Kennel Club explain, skunk spray only gets worse when it gets wet, and regular shampoo won’t cut it.

Homemade De-Skunk Shampoo to the Rescue

Luckily, there’s a simple, homemade solution that can help neutralize that skunk stench. According to the Humane Society, all you need is a combination of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and dish soap.

Now, I know what you’re thinking – “Hydrogen peroxide? Isn’t that the stuff they use to bleach hair?” And you’d be absolutely right. This homemade de-skunk shampoo can definitely lighten your pup’s fur, especially if they have darker coloring. So, it’s important to be cautious when applying it and avoid getting it near their eyes or mouth.

I mixed up a batch of the de-skunk solution in my kitchen, and let me tell you, the bubbling and fizzing action was quite the sight. I carefully lathered it all over Buddy’s coat, making sure to get down to the skin. And let me tell you, the transformation was nothing short of miraculous. Within minutes, that horrible skunk smell started to dissipate, and Buddy was looking (and smelling) much better.

Preventing Skunk Spray in the Future

Of course, the best way to deal with a skunked dog is to avoid the situation altogether. Cornell University’s Riney Canine Health Center recommends keeping your dog on a leash when out at night, as skunks are nocturnal and more likely to be active after sunset. And if you do spot a skunk, it’s best to quickly turn and head in the other direction.

But let’s be real, accidents happen. And when they do, it’s important to have a plan of action. Luckily, with a little bit of know-how and some common household items, you can get your furry friend back to their fresh-smelling self in no time.

And if you’re ever in the market for a new four-legged companion, be sure to check out I Have Dogs – they’ve got all the resources you need to find the perfect pup to add to your family.

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