Dogs are curious, social animals and enjoy chasing just about any yard critter they lay their eyes on. Unfortunately for our precious pups, this could result in unpleasant encounters with one particularly stinky creature – skunks! When threatened, a skunk can blast their oily sulfur scent up to 15 feet with a great level of accuracy.
What should you do when your beloved furry family member gets hit with skunk spray? Here’s how to successfully de-skunk your pup:
KEEP YOUR DOG OUTSIDE
If your pup has been sprayed by a skunk, your first instinct may be to bring them into the house and put them in the bathtub immediately. But the last thing you want is the smell to travel throughout your home. The fewer areas your dog has contact with, the less stuff you will have to de-skunk later. It’s best to check on and clean your pup outside if possible.
CHECK FOR INJURIES
Skunk spray is made up of chemicals called thiols which are make the odor so pungent. These chemicals can also cause irritation for pups when sprayed in their eyes, nose and mouth. It is important to check your dog’s eyes for any redness or distress. If you notice any irritation, flush your pup’s eyes with a generous amount of cool water or saline solution.
Your next priority should be to inspect your dog for any scratches or bites. It’s unlikely, as skunks usually spray from a far distance, but if you observe any open wounds, get your pup to the vet as soon as possible!
SOAK UP THE SPRAY AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE
Put on a pair of rubber gloves and use paper towel to absorb as much of the chemical spray on your dog’s fur as you can. Be sure to pat the spray off rather than using wiping motions, as you don’t want to spread it around to areas that have not been affected.
DE-SKUNK YOUR PUP
Finally, it’s time to fight that foul stench! Contact your nearest Dogtopia and ask for a take home bottle of Dogtopia Eliminator. This bio-enzymatic product is safe and effective at eliminating skunk odors with just one wash. Once you’ve rounded up all the necessary supplies, you can begin de-skunking:
- Start applying and massaging the Dogtopia Eliminator deep into your dog’s coat at full concentration. If your pup has been sprayed in the face, use a washcloth to carefully apply the solution and avoid your dog’s eyes, ears and mouth. Do not wet your pup with water before applying the mixture.
- You’ll want to keep working the solution into your pup’s coat until the skunk odor is gone.
- Rinse the mixture off.
- If the smell persists, repeat until the smell is gone.
- Use old towels to thoroughly dry your pup.
FOLLOW UP WITH SOME DOGGIE TLC
Remember that getting skunked can be a very stressful situation for your pup. Once you’ve kicked that skunky smell to the curb, treat your pup to some TLC.
For some extra post-skunk TLC, give your dog some much-needed relaxation at our doggie spa, where our team of spa specialists will get your pup feeling clean, smelling fresh and looking like a million bones! For more information, contact the Dogtopia location nearest you.