As spring arrives, many creatures, big and small, start romping around in the forest and sneaking into our backyards. To your dog or cat, the outside world is full of adventure and whether they come head-to-head or head-to-tail with our stinky, black and white antagonists, adventure is sometimes hard to resist. Unfortunately for you, the smell of adventure can be hard to take. Rest assured that there are ways to banish that skunky smell and welcome your pet back into your home.
Before doing any bathing it is important to check your pet’s eyes, nose and mouth as these biochemicals can be quite irritating. They can cause inflammation to the lining of the throat and lungs if inhaled. If your furry friend was sprayed in the face, be sure to rinse his/her eyes, nose and mouth with water. If after rinsing, his/her eyes look red or he rubs at his/her face, he/she should be seen by a veterinarian.
If you have no concerns with your pet, the next step is to get rid of the odour. The traditional remedy of soaking in tomato juice can help slightly to reduce the odour but there are now much better options out there. A product known as Skunk-Off works wonders with stinky skunk odours. Since these encounters often occur at late hours when our hospital is closed, then this home remedy may help get you through the night. Mix one teaspoon of dish washing liquid, one cup of baking soda and one quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide. After thoroughly soaking your pet with this solution, rinse him/her well with warm water. Since making up solutions can be cumbersome, we recommend always having a bottle of Skunk-Off (available here at Kortright Animal Hospital) on hand at all times. We all know these stinky creatures love to catch our curious furry companions off guard…often times right before we go to bed!