Has Your Dog Been Skunked?

Skunks can be found roaming in backyards this time of year, and if you have a curious dog, he or she may become a skunk’s latest victim. Many dog owners have experienced living with a skunked dog, and the aftermath can be quite unpleasant. Many over the counter products such as Skunk-Off brand rinses and shampoos can be quite affective at removing the odor. If your dog gets sprayed and you find yourself empty-handed, however, this at home remedy can be used in place:

16 oz of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
¼ c of Baking Soda
1 t of liquid soap (Dawn dish soap is recommended)

Mix ingredients together and apply with a cloth while wearing latex or rubber gloves. Let the solution stand for 5 – 10 minutes, then rinse the dog well with warm water and towel dry thoroughly. The odor should be gone!

If your dog has been sprayed in his or her eyes, it’s important to seek veterinary attention. Temporary blindness and infection can occur if the dog goes untreated.