THE WORST OF THE WORST SMELLY DISASTERS…DOG GOT SKUNKED!
Have you ever had a dog get skunked? The smell can be so harsh, so overwhelming that is may take a few minutes to realize what happened. Years ago, I thought the house was one fire when a skunk came through the dog door and sprayed in the living room. I woke up with eyes watering and screaming for Steve to call 911!
Here are some tried and true tips from someone who lives in far northern Minnesota in the midst of the big woods. We have seen (smelled) more skunked dogs than I care to count. On to my BEST TIPS.
If you live in the land of skunks, I strongly advise you buy the supplies below and keep them on hand. Put them in a box marked EMERGENCY SKUNK USAGE ONLY! Also, keep a small bottle of DIRTY DIRRRTY DOG SHAMPOO in your de-skunk kit. The last thing you want to be doing is running around buying supplies to bathe the skunked dog with at midnight on Saturday night.
THE DOG'S BEEN SKUNKED!
First, ensure your dog was not bitten or scratched by the skunk, as they can carry rabies. If he was contact your vet.
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:
IT'S SCIENCE SKUNK! 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.
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.