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.
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.
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:
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.
Since I am all about being politically correct (and hating spam-bots), I moderate comments
Dude, he means no disrespect.
It’s a basic tenet of the Dudeist ethos to just say “$#%^ it.” Your Dudeist dog is probably too much in the zone to be bothered by something as chill-busting as going all the way outside to poop. As long as he doesn't poop on the carpet that ties the room together, it's all good.
For over 25 years I have shared my life with French Bulldogs. Yep, way before they were popular and the ubiquitous, go-to darling of media, I have had snorting, snoring little fat Frenchies. While they have many wonderful, endearing traits, there is one aspect of life with Frenchies that is not so much fun. They can be hard to house train.