I woke up this morning to the sound of my dog whining in pain. I quickly realized that he had been sprayed by a skunk. What should I do?
If your dog gets sprayed by a skunk, there are a few things you can do to help. First, get them to calm down and try to get as much of the skunk spray off of your dog as possible. You can do this by using a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, or tomato juice.
After you’ve cleaned your dog, give them a bath with a vinegar and water solution. The vinegar will help remove the odor and any residue that may still be present. Be sure to get all of the skunk spray off, as it can cause irritation and odor.
Once you’ve gotten as much of the spray off as possible, take your dog to the garage if cold out or leave outside if the temperature permits to air out.
Nobody wants a smelly skunk dog in the house or on the furniture.
The best way to handle a skunk encounter is to avoid it in the first place. Keep your dog on a leash when walking them and be aware of your surroundings. If you see a skunk, try to keep your dog away from it. There are also several products at your pet supply retailer that are made specifically for dogs sprayed by skunks. If you live in an area where dog – skunk encounters are high, you should have a bottle ready just in case.
If, after being sprayed, your dog continues to show signs of irritation, such as excessive chewing or licking, you may want to seek out a veterinarian. Your veterinarian will be able to determine the best course of action for your dog.
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