What's that Smell?
Well it’s happened again. Sherry’s beloved dogs are still trying to make friends with the neighborhood skunk. Sadly, the skunks don’t seem as open to the idea as the dogs are. So needless to say Sherry has become a pro at getting rid of that lovely smell.
- Her first piece of advice is to keep your dog out of the house after the attack! It’s bad enough to have to be dealing with the dogs but you don’t want to be cleaning the house too. So do your best to do the majority of the clean up outside.
- Next, you will want to wipe off as much of the skunk spray as possible with a paper towel. A skunk’s spray is actually an oil that they secret from their glands. Therefore you want to get it off as fast as possible to avoid it sinking into the skin.
- Sherry does a combination of a homemade recipe as well as products called ‘Skunk Off’. She finds that the homemade recipe helps to strip down the dogs’ coats and remove a significant amount of the oil. While the Skunk Off products not only cleans the fur, but also gives your dog a fresher scent.
The homemade recipe consists of:
- 1 Quart of Hydrogen Peroxide
- ½ cup Baking Soda
- 1 Tablespoon Dawn Dish Soap
Mix these ingredients together and apply to your dog’s fur. Do not get your dog wet first as the shampoo mixture will not work as well to strip the oils from the coat. Once you have worked this into you dog’s fur as best as you can, you can then proceed to add water. At this point Sherry turns to the Skunk Off Pet Shampoo, which helps to hydrate the skin and ultimately leaves a fresher scent than the skunk.
Here’s hoping that you avoid a run in with your neighborhood skunk. But if you do you will now know what to do.
This article was written by Sherry Anne Noseworthy, Registered Veterinary Technician, of Fifth Avenue Veterinary Clinic. We provide team-based vet care for pets and their families from our animal hospital in Orangeville, Ontario. POSTED: 2017-06-05