Walking your dog on a beautiful summer's evening, enjoying the sound of the crickets when suddenly a black and white creature comes out from under a bush and sprays your poor pooch. What to do next?
Do not get your dog wet. The spray from a skunk is an oil. Water will only spread the oil throughout your dog's fur. One solution is to make a mixture of 1 quart hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda and 2 tsp Dawn dish soap. This mixture will help absorb and breakdown the oil. Only wash the dog with this mixture where the dog was sprayed.
Let the mixture sit on the area to absorb the oil. Keep the mixture away from the eye area. Rinse after 15 minutes. This has worked for me in the past. Have these ingredients at the ready.
If your dog has very sensitive skin you may consider alternative-
Place 5 oranges or lemons in a blender along with 1 tsp of Dawn.
Tomato paste added to the mix may also help. The acidity from the fruit and tomato should cut the skunk oil. I have not used this method. There are shampoos available, but they may contain harsh chemicals. So use with care.
Posted by Administrator on 8/17/2014
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