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Most dog owners can agree that an encounter between your pup and a skunk will not end well. Even if your dog is curiously analyzing the animal, causing no harm, the skunk may shoot its defensive, pungent spray right at your cuddle buddy.

A skunk can spray as far as 10 feet. Though extremely unpleasant, the spray is not life-threatening to dogs or humans. Temporary side effects such as swelling and squinting of the eyes, sneezing, vomiting, and scratching of the face may occur in dogs. Additionally, removing the spray from your pet’s fur as soon as possible will aid in their recovery and cleanliness. Here are a few steps to get rid of the skunk smell on your dog:

Keep your dog outdoors.

It’s best to keep your dog outside until it has been bathed. Doing so will avoid spreading the odor to indoor spaces and surfaces. Likewise, make sure to thoroughly flush your dog’s eyes with water if you notice any irritation.

Use a de-skunking shampoo or mixture to clean your dog.

Rinsing your dog’s fur with water or regular pet shampoo will actually set the spray into your pet’s fur instead of eliminating it. Skunk spray is oil based, therefore a non-water based compound is needed to neutralize the spray. Using a de-skunking shampoo from your local pet store will do just the trick. Or, if you’d like to save a few dollars, you can make a de-skunking mixture with the following ingredients:

  1. 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide
  2. 1/4 cup baking soda
  3. 1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap

Carefully apply the de-skunking shampoo/mixture.

Before starting the application process, be sure to have all of your supplies nearby: the de-skunking product, rinsing water, washcloth (for the pup’s face), and a towel to dry.

If you are using a de-skunking shampoo, follow the listed directions on the bottle. However, if you choose to make your own de-skunking mixture with the above ingredients, rub the mixture in your dog’s fur and rinse thoroughly. Make sure to not let the product sit for too long as hydrogen peroxide may bleach your dog’s fur.

Furthermore, to clean your dog’s facial area, pour the mixture on a washcloth and wipe it over your pup’s face and snout. This will lessen the risk of getting the mixture in your dog’s eyes.

Bathe your dog with pet shampoo.

Wash your pup with their usual pet shampoo, rinse thoroughly, and dry. This will be the final touch to giving your dog its sweet-smelling scent that you know and love.

If you need help getting rid of the skunk smell on your dog or have any questions about skunk removal, contact Varment Guard today. Our wildlife experts are pleased to assist you with any questions or concerns.


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