Learn how to remove skunk smell from dogs effectively, just in case your curious dog gets sprayed by a skunk!
Yes, definitely try to keep any de-skunking solution away from the eyes, nostrils, and mouth. I’ve heard some people say that douche solution works to remove the skunk smell, while many researchers say it doesn’t work as well as commercial skunk odor remover. I haven’t been able to find any documentation that douche solution is necessarily unsafe for use on dogs, so if it works to remove the odor, there should be no harm in it. However, vinegar has been shown to cause eye irritation, so any douche solutions containing vinegar should also be kept out of the eyes, nose, and mouth.
Skunks are generally seen as easy prey by hunting dogs and cats, however these normally passive, slow moving, peaceful animals will, when threatened, arch the back, lift the rear end, and spray a foul-smelling oil from glands under the tail. This oil has been compared to burning rubber or plastic. It’s horrid and because it’s oil based, it sticks to anything it touches and lasts a long time. Pet owners and commercial pet product companies have come up with many remedies; some that work to a greater or lesser extent than others, but there is one remedy that stands out as the most effective.
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Possibly nothing in my life has brought more frenzied panic than the moment I realized my dog had been sprayed by a skunk. Because it was just five in the morning and my nose had not yet awoken, I leaned against the open door and invited the smelly mutt inside. Then, gasping in horror, I spent what felt like three hours trying to chase down the equally panicked animal and herd him back out the door. Thus began an adventure I’ll not soon forget, from finding a place to wash the beast to deciding what would best remove the hideous skunk odor. It did make a great story for my students, however, when I finally limped into the classroom trying hard to forget the stench that still hovered at home.In order to remove the skunk scent that may have permeated the dog's pores, use water warmer than the tepid or lukewarm temperature normally recommended for dog bathing in order to open the pores as much as possible. As always, keep your hand in the water stream to ensure that it is not too warm for the dog's comfort. After all, the dog was more than likely full of adrenaline from excitement when the skunking occurred, opening the pores and allowing the scent to permeate deep within the skin. Make sure you let the customer know that no matter how good a job you do, when it is damp or raining out, the dog may still have some residual odor left due to the pores opening again. Any slight residual odor can be masked by a good quality pet cologne which the client can apply at home when needed. After rinsing, a second shampoo is recommended, especially on the areas that the skunk sprayed directly. You will know far too well exactly where this is by the end of the bath; usually the face, neck, and shoulder area. Rinse well as usual.Check your dog’s eyes and skin for any signs of irritation from the skunk spray. If you do notice that your dog’s eyes are red and irritated, try rinsing them out with water or using eye drops made of saline solution. If the redness seems extreme, however, it is best to consult your vet. It is also very important to check your dog for any deep scratches or bites. Skunk odor isn’t the only thing you need to worry about. can carry rabies, so get to your vet right away if you see any bleeding.In this post, we’re sharing some tips on what to do if your dog gets sprayed by a skunk and how you can attempt to remove the odor from her coat and collar.