Summer can be full of fun, but sometimes summer time frolic can lead to misadventure. The warmer weather brings out wildlife as well as our own pets; the two don’t always mix well when they happen to meet, case in point – a meeting with Pepe Le Pew, a skunk. Encounters with skunks are one of the most common “problem” meetings that our dogs have with wildlife. Fortunately, the stench of getting up close and personal with a skunk can be washed away and without using tomato juice!
If your pooch has lingered too long in the presence of a “sachet kitty,” chances are you’ll know as soon as he or she gets close to you. Phew! First thing, check your dog’s eyes and face for signs of irritation. Skunk spray is relatively harmless, but very painful if it makes contact with the eyes, mouth, or nose. Pets who receive a direct shot to the face should see a veterinarian.
Miracle Skunk Spray Remover
2 cups hydrogen peroxide (3%)
1/8 cup baking soda
1 tbsp liquid dish soap
(Do not store – may burst)
Using rubber gloves, apply the mixture, while it is still bubbling, to your pet’s coat, with particular emphasis on the sprayed area. Avoid the eyes! Let stand for 20 minutes then wash off with warm water. The mixture will neutralize the odor and leave your pet skunk scent-free.
Helpful tip: This mixture will also remove many tough stains from clothing or carpet – even red wine!