The little guys in the photo above look cute, don’t they? They won’t look so cute when they spray your dog or cat though.
My dog got sprayed by Pepe Le Pew a few days ago. I have never had a pet get sprayed by a skunk, and I hope you never have to either. It wasn’t something I was prepared for or ever even thought about. I would have never thought it would be something that would happen this time of year either—it is February in Connecticut and it is cold. However, my 10-year-old dog Sierra managed to get sprayed.
It was after 9 p.m. at night and I was already in bed when my husband had let Sierra outside on her runner. She ended up seeing the skunk and broke her collar to go chase it. She was back at the house pretty quickly because the skunk sprayed her right in the face really bad. She ended up getting sprayed on her butt and tail too.
My husband threw her in the house and told me to get her in the bathroom and start washing her and to look something up to do real quick. In the rush of things I didn’t have enough time to properly Google what would be the best thing to do. However, now after having this experience I can share with you what you should and should not do when you pet gets sprayed by a skunk. Hopefully you will remember these tips for when/if you ever have to deal with a skunk spray.
1. Do not wash the pet. The water makes the oils from the skunk spray spread. I made this mistake. I also got skunk spray on me and smelled for a couple of days pretty bad— despite taking more than four showers.
2. Put on gloves—the skunk oil can spread to you. (I wish I knew that before I touched the dog).
3. If your pet gets sprayed in the face make sure to wash out his/her eyes right away. An animal can temporarily go blind from skunk spray. I washed Sierra’s out with warm water and a wash cloth.
4. Check to make sure your pet doesn’t have any cuts from the skunk. Sierra luckily ran away before she could get scratched, however I read online many animals will get scratched by the skunk when it sprays if they are close enough and the cuts will bleed.
5. Keep a de-skunk shampoo in the house just in case. You will want it on hand for when your pet gets sprayed and the stores are already closed. There are a few different products out there. The one I ended up buying the following morning is called DeSkunk. It did help and I think it would have helped a lot more if I had it when the spraying actually happened. Order it and keep it in a safe place in case you ever need it.
6. I also found a spray online that I bought after the fact. I couldn’t find one in any of the pet stores. Luckily Amazon got this to me in less than 24 hours. I read a lot of reviews about this particular product and I wish I had it on hand when she was sprayed. Surprisingly it did help with the musk smell she still had two days later. I am pretty sure it would have done wonders if I had it that night. It’s called No Scent Anal Gland Express & Skunk. It is a little pricey, but well worth it. Buy it and put it away. This was good to use for Sierra’s face because I was able to spray it onto a cloth and then rub it into her face.
7. I read online to use Apple Cider Vinegar. This did not help at all. I don’t recommend it.
8. Another treatment I read online that helped a little bit was a combination of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and Dawn dish soap. I had to use this one because I didn’t have anything else to use. For this you should mix together one quart of three percent hydrogen peroxide, a quarter cup of baking soda and one teaspoon of dawn dish soap (or whatever dish soap you have). This combination will bubble a little. Lather this remedy on your pet and then wash him/her thoroughly. Make sure not to put near your pet’s eyes. After you can wash your dog with pet shampoo—make sure to rinse well. I read you shouldn’t make this mixture and store it because it will explode if left in a bottle.
9. Some people say to use tomato juice. We didn’t have any in the house so I didn’t try it. I read in a lot of places online that the tomato juice remedy does not work, however if you are desperate I would give it a try.
10. Our house smelled pretty bad after the incident. We couldn’t open all the windows because more skunk smell came in. We did use a window fan to blow out some of the bad air. I also read that placing bowls of white vinegar around the house helps. It did a little bit. One thing that did help the smell was buying Febreze. I bought the air spray and the spray for furniture and carpet.
It has now been a few days since the spraying. We still have a slight scent to us—my husband calls it old man musk smell. I think it would help if it was warmer outside and we could really air out the house.
So I would highly recommend buying the deskunking products and keeping them in case you ever need them. I actually would recommend making a skunk kit with withe products, gloves and a spare collar in case you need it. Sierra’s collar smelled horrible after and I couldn’t get it clean.
If you have any tips that you have used in the past post in the comments below.