The sun is shining and spring has arrived - but so have wild animals, including skunks.
While skunks are generally gentle, docile creatures, they won't hesitate to spray if they feel threatened or afraid. If you have a dog who likes to sniff around and wander through wooded areas, you should be wary of skunks this spring.
Luckily, you'll likely know right away if your dog gets sprayed by a skunk. You'll probably smell your pet before you see them and, when you do, you're going to want to give them a bath.
We carry Thornell's Skunk-Off Shampoo, a shampoo that can be used to get rid of the odor of skunk spray.
However, if you don't have time to run out to buy special shampoos and other odor removing products, you can make your own skunk spray using the following ingredients:
1 quart (4 cups) of 3% fresh hydrogen peroxide
¼ cup baking soda
1-2 teaspoons of liquid soap (dishwashing detergent)
Lather that mixture and wait five minutes. Rinse well and repeat if needed.
Typically, being skunked is harmless. However, if your pet experiences symptoms such as lethargy, weakness, pale or browning gums, or changes in the color of their urine, you should seek medical attention from a veterinarian.
Enjoy the weather and have fun!