What to do if your dog got sprayed by a skunk

Well, it happened finally: your dog go too close to a skunk that sprayed him. Ugh.

First thing to do is check your dog’s eyes: are they red, swollen, or irritated? If so, begin flushing them water immediately.

Skunks spray this nasty liquid as a defensive mechanism, deploying it from their anal glands so quickly that it’s common for curious dogs to get blasted in the eyes.

Now for the rest of the body and that smell. Skunk smell clings to the air so experienced individuals suggest that you do NOT allow the dog inside the house or else you won’t be able to get the lingering skunk smell out of the house. If possible, do the cleaning outside or in an area that will be easily ventilated like a garage or porch.

There are two home remedies that the folks at the AKC have shared including:

  1. Tomato juice bath
    This old-school treatment works for some, though not all cases. 
  2. A homemade recipe you can make from household items:
    1. 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution (found at any pharmacy or supermarket)
    2. 1/4 cup of baking soda
    3. 1 teaspoon of liquid dishwashing soap
    4. Work the foaming mixture well into the coat
    5. Leave on for five minutes
    6. Rinse with warm water
    7. Follow with dog shampoo if desired

If you use the chemical treatment option be sure not to leave it on your dog for too long as the peroxide can hurt your dog. Also be sure to not get the solution in the eyes.

For people living in regions populated with skunks, there are many treatments that can be bought such as Skunk-Off Pet Shampoo or Nature’s Miracle Skunk Odor Remover.

Good luck!


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