Spring is here, the weather is getting warmer, and that means that pets and pet owners alike are spending more time outside. However, the increased time spent outdoors equals an increased risk of getting skunked!
Skunk spray is very oily and odorous and becomes more difficult to remove the longer you wait which is why it’s important to take care of a sprayed pet as soon as possible (Unless you don’t mind the smell, that is).
As soon as a pet is found as having been sprayed, it’s a good idea to examine their eyes for any type of irritation as well as any other injuries.
How to de-skunk:
- Leave your pet outside or in an enclosed area to prevent the odor from spreading throughout your house while you change into old clothes and grab a pair of rubber gloves.
- Bathe your pet with a solution of Dawn dish soap to break up the skunk oils. Be gentle and careful around your pet’s face and eyes.
- Use a vinegar and water solution or tomato juice to rub on the sprayed/stinky areas of your pet’s body. Let it sit for 5-15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with water.
- Finally, wash your pet with pet shampoo to restore the natural oils of your pet’s coat and help moisturize his skin.
Should any of your clothes become “skunked,” you can clean them with regular laundry detergent plus 1/2 cup of baking soda.
Prevent any future skunk encounters by keeping watch on your pets while they are outside. Remove any items from your yard that might be attractive and easily accessible to skunks such as pet food and trash.
Has your pet ever been skunked?
Tips from veterinary technician, Robin Maurillo for Auburn Pub.