Gary Ryder says itís one of the most common phone
calls he receives at his emergency room practice: What
do you do when your pet gets sprayed by a skunk?
offering advice, Ryder first wants to dispel the myth
that tomato juice will remove the awful smell.
"They donít work very well," Ryder said of
the cans of cocktail juice. "And then you end up
with a dog that smells like skunks and tomato
soup." Instead of tomato juice, Ryder recommends
mixing a batch of the following solution and rubbing it
into your petís fur as soon as possible:
quart hydrogen peroxide
cup baking soda
tablespoon dish soap; he recommends using Dawn
can be a messy process, so wear clothes that you donít
mind staining, and protective gloves are helpful.
possible, try to let the mixture stay on your pet for
about 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing it off. Although
your pet is likely to be distressed during the process,
the longer it is on, the more it will help break down
the components of skunk gland secretions. The dish soap
is especially important, as it will break down the skunkís
oil-based spray, which is composed mostly of compounds
an animal has been sprayed in the face, it will often
rub its eyes against the ground to try to remove the
painful irritations. Ryder, who fields pet questions on
the Q&A website JustAnswers, recommends rinsing the
eyes with a saline solution ó either contact solution,
artificial tears or eye wash. Make sure to wash your petís
mouth with cool water too.
to see an expert
you notice severe lethargy, pale gums or labored
breathing, then get to a vet right away," Ryder
said. "While rare, anaphylactic reactions to being
skunked is possible. These can potentially be
of Ryderís fellow vets at JustAnswer also offered this
about commercial products?
Michael Salkin recommends Skunk Off Shampoo and Natureís
Miracle Skunk Odor Remover. (If you have skunks in your
neighborhood, you might want to stock up now before the
advice for keeping skunks at bay?
Roy Cruzen says "skunks operate in twilight, dusk
and dawn, inconveniently when we are most likely to be
out walking our dogs," so you might want to
consider changing your walking schedule or when you
allow your pets outside.
said you can also discourage skunks from coming around
by never leaving out dog or cat food and minimizing the
amount of seed spilled from your bird feeders ó these
are like skunk buffets.