Skunks do not make good playmates for dogs. Aside from the obvious fact that the skunk will spray your dog and not think twice about it. Skunks can carry rabies which can be deadly especially if the dogs are not up to date with their vaccinations. Be cautious if you see a skunk pull your dogs away from the situation and wait until the skunk has left the area before you allow them back outside.
Skunk spray isn’t harmful to your dog just very unpleasant and needs to be removed as soon as possible. Plus allowing your dog to get sprayed is bad for you because you then have to figure out how to get the horrible smell off of your dogs. Skunks are wild animals and should just be left alone.
How to get the skunk smell off of your dogs
As soon as you realize your dog has been sprayed by a skunk, look them over for bites or scratches. Also check her eyes for redness or discharge. If any injuries are found, you should contact your veterinarian before proceeding.
Time is of the essence the longer you wait to de-skunk your dog, the harder it will be to remove the smell. Do not spray your dog with water before applying the solution.
Decide if you are going to clean your dog inside or out. If you are going to clean your dog off inside make sure it is in a well ventilated area.
Apply a small strip of eye lubricant or 1-2 drops of mineral oil to your dog’s eyes. This will help protect the eyes in case any of the solution splashes or drips in while you are trying to clean your dog.
In the plastic container, combine 1 quart hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 to 2 teaspoons of liquid soap. Add lukewarm water if needed (for larger dogs). Mix ingredients well. The solution will fizz, as a chemical reaction is occurring. Use immediately – do not store.
Begin cleansing the affected areas thoroughly, massaging the solution deep into your dog’s coat. You may wish to use a sponge or washcloth. Avoid getting the solution in the eyes, ears or mouth.
Allow the solution to remain on your dog for at least five minutes (longer if strong odor persists). Rinse your dog well with lukewarm water. Repeat steps 3-5 as necessary until odor is gone.