Skunk Odor Removal
The dog is one of only two predators that will recklessly attack a skunk with no regards for their health.What makes the dog so reckless in this aspect is still a question that continues to baffle animal, experts. since this post will more than likely be under 500 words I thought it would be easier to treat you the best methods for skunk odor removal versus try to retrain your dogs thought process and natural instinct.
Since more and more skunks are migrating and infiltrating suburban communities, this exposes them to close encounters with dogs as well as other domesticated animals. Whether or not the dog will learn not to attack a skunk is largely academic. What matters more to dog owners is how they can remove the skunk odor that has been sprayed on their dog.
Skunk odor Removal Preparation
Unless you are ok with your whole house reeking of skunk, it is best to take control of the situation and tie your dog to their dog house or in your backyard. As a precautionary measure, it is best to change into some old clothes before you attempt to make contact with your skunked dog. This is to prevent the oily skunk spray from sticking to your clothes and you reducing the chances of you cross contaminating other areas in your home with skunk odors.
Check your dog’s eyes for any signs or redness or irritation. If there are signs of irritation flush your dog’s eyes with cool running water. Determine what area of your dog was hit with the skunk spray. Try to remove as much of the damp skunk spray with paper towels. Dispose of these paper towels in specially-marked containers so they do not spread throughout your home.
Preparing a De-skunking Solution
Get ready to prepare your homemade de-skunking solution which you are to use to wash your dog with. Mix a liter of 3% hydrogen peroxide, a quarter of a cup of baking soda, and a teaspoon of your dishwashing liquid. Mix the solution very well. In the case you do not have hydrogen peroxide in your home, you can substitute it with vinegar instead. Mix one part of distilled white vinegar and 3 parts of warm water. Use this solution as you would the hydrogen peroxide-baking soda mixture.
Give your Dog a De-Skunking Bath
Spray the body area of your dog that was hit by skunk spray with copious amounts of cool water. Make sure that he is soaked wet before applying the de-skunking solution. Wear rubber gloves and thoroughly work in the solution all over the affected area. Be careful not to place any solution on your dog’s eyes as this can be very irritating and cause eye inflammation. Do the de-skunking cleansing as fast as you can because the hydrogen peroxide solution can bleach your dog’s fur if left for too long.
Rinse off excess solution and give your dog a thorough cleanup. Make sure there are no residues left on your dog’s coat.
After the de-skunking bath and rinse, give your dog a thorough bath. Use a pet shampoo to get him thoroughly cleaned up. Massage the shampoo well into his coat. Make sure that everything is covered. Rinse your dog thoroughly and towel dry him. You can use a hair dryer set to the lowest speed to aid in the drying process.
There are commercially-available de-skunking products which you can use instead of the homemade solutions. Whatever you use, it is always best to follow basic safety instructions so you can effectively eliminate skunk spray off your dog without spreading it to others.
Happy Reading & deskunking!