One of our Veterinary Technicians recently talked to me about a number of pet owners calling A2AH about what to do in the event of an encounter between your pet and a skunk.
“Many people don't seem to realize that this (skunk spray) isn't necessarily a condition that warrants veterinary attention—usually a bath and an eye rinse is enough, and there's no need for a pet owner to come rushing in to the vet for that.”
Here's a few points to keep in mind:
- A skunk spray is not fatal and usually not an emergency for your pet.
- Proper home treatment is important—the sooner the better. If your dog is sprayed in the face be sure to rinse their eyes out with water.
There are a variety of remedies and washes for getting skunk odor out of skin or fur. This is the one we use:
2 Fresh pints of Hydrogen Peroxide (hydrogen peroxide becomes less concentrated over time)
1 cup Baking Soda
As always, use common sense. If you fear your dog may be having a reaction and are unsure of how to proceed feel free to call us at any time. Always Here, Always Ready, Always Caring!