So your pup got sprayed by a skunk?
Pee-yew! Don't bother slathering your dog in tomato juice; this remedy just does not work. But there is help! Here are the ingredients to a great anti-skunk smell remedy:
- 1-quart hydrogen peroxide
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 2 tablespoons dishwashing soap
Mix the ingredients in a bucket and sponge the solution onto your dog. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse. Make sure to wear gloves while you're washing your dog or you'll smell like a skunk yourself. If your dog got sprayed pretty bad, you may have to treat him with the solution more than once for a few days in a row. From a health standpoint, know that if the skunk mist gets in your pet's eyes, they might become irritated and infected. If this happens, give us a call to set up an exam for your pet. Skunks are major carriers of rabies, especially in our area, so double-check that your pet hasn't been bitten. If you want to prevent skunk encounters, avoid letting your dog out at dusk and dawn. Skunks are nocturnal creatures, and those are their prime feeding times.
(Adapted from All You Magazine, September 2015.)