Does it seem like every time you go outside after dark there is a skunk wandering, or you are sitting in your living room and the smell of one is drifting through the window? While skunks don’t completely hibernate, they do take long winter naps. So in the fall they are very active going on eating binges. It is important that we protect our pets from those nasty encounters. Not only is the smell unbearable, but it can cause eye and skin irritations for them as well. And, though any mammal can contract Rabies; skunks, raccoons, bats and fox are the major reservoirs of the disease. Please be sure your pet is up to date at all times with their Rabies vaccination, and it is always a good idea to keep an eye on your dogs when letting them out at night.
So, what do you do if your pet is sprayed by a skunk. Well there are many over the counter products that work really well. Unfortunately, most encounters occur after dark when skunks are roaming and the pet supply stores are not open. For those times, we have a home remedy that works very well:
1 qt hydrogen peroxide
1 cup vinegar
2-3 tbsp. baking soda
2-3 tbsp Dawn or Ivory dish soap
Mix in one gallon of water.
Sponge face/head (avoid eyes) and other affected areas. Let air dry. Repeat 2-3 times. Rinse thoroughly.
Hope this article helps.
Your friend and advisor, Westley