OH NO! MY DOG GOT SKUNKED!

January 26, 2017

OH NO! MY DOG GOT SKUNKED!

WHAT'S THAT SMELL??? OH, NO, THE DOG GOT SKUNKED!

Has your dog ever gotten skunked? You'll never forget that smell. It is acrid, sharp and your eyes water like being tear-gassed. YIKES!

Once, years ago, a skunk came in through the dog door and sprayed in the house. I woke up with eyes watering and screaming for Steve to call 911! I was convinced the house was on fire the smell was so overwhelming.

After 20ish years of living in the woods of far northern Minnesota I have seen/smelled more skunked dogs than I care to remember. Here are some tried and true tips that I sincerely hope you NEVER have to use.

BE PREPARED FOR A POSSIBLE SKUNK-ODOR-A-RAMA

If you live in the land of skunks, I strongly advise you buy the supplies below and keep them on hand. Store the skunk kit in a safe place and clearly label it EMERGENCY SKUNK USAGE ONLY! Trust me, you do NOT want to be driving to the 24-hour store for supplies while the dog sits stinking up the house or garage.

YOUR DOG WAS SKUNKED...WHAT NOW? 

Look your dog over carefully in case they were bitten or scratched by the skunk, as skunks often carry rabies. If you find bites or scratches contact your vet IMMEDIATELY!

Check your dog's eyes for signs of irritation, if they are red and your dog is blinking or wiping his head on the ground, rinse his eyes with eye wash or contacts solution.

Tip you will thank me for…before bathing your skunked dog, change your clothes into something you can throw away without regrets, just in case! 

If possible, bathe your dog outside using the following:

SKUNK SMELL BE-GONE RECIPE

Mix the following:
  • 1⁄4 cup of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid soap (DAWN Dishwashing Liquid is our preferred soap)
  • Quart of hydrogen peroxide.
  • Work the solution into your dog’s coat well and rinse.
  • Repeat as needed.
  • Follow with a bath using DIRTY DIRRRTTY SHAMPOO or SOAP

DOUCHE DOG RECIPE

There is an alternate De-Skunking method, which uses any women's douche product. Massengill has been around forever, you can't go wrong with it.

For dogs under 50 pounds mix two ounces of douche into one gallon of water. For dogs over 50 pounds use four ounces of douche in two gallons of water. Pour the concoction over your dog and saturate their coat thoroughly. Leave it on them for 15 minutes then rinse. Bathe in DIRTY DIRRRTTY DOG SHAMPOO or SOAP. 

TIP: to keep your dog from shaking and saturation you with douchey-skunk-water hold onto their head. They have to shake their head to shake their body and this gives you a chance of not getting skunked by association.

SKUNK OFF KIT





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