Discovering that your dog has been sprayed by a skunk is one of the ultimate nightmares of pet ownership. There is nothing quite so offensive as freshly released skunk spray. If this happens to you, don’t worry, there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Stay calm, take a deep breath of fresh air (before you are no longer able to) and follow these instructions.
First, check your dogs eyes, nose and mouth. A skunk’s spray can be extremely irritating to mucous membranes. If possible, you’ll want to flush out your dog’s eyes with a saline ophthalmic rinse. Use a saline soaked cotton ball to clean out your dog’s nostrils and use water to gently rinse out your dog’s mouth. Don’t be surprised if your dog drools excessively, vomits, or sneezes repeatedly. Red, squinty or watering eyes are also to be expected. Do your best to prevent your dog from rubbing or scratching at their eyes!
The TV show, Mythbusters, actually tested the most common skunk spray remedies and determined this DIY recipe is by far the most effective. It beat out the old stand-by, tomato juice, as well as well known over the counter skunk spray removal products. Besides being more effective, this recipe is also less expensive and made up of ingredients you probably already have at home.
This recipe, and all of the accompanying tips do also apply to cats, but BE CAREFUL! A cat who tolerates being bathed is a rare entity. If you DO find yourself in the precarious position of having to bathe your cat, it may be helpful to use a smaller tub already partially filled with water, and a cup to rinse them with. Avoid using a spray nozzle, as this is more likely to scare your cat. Most importantly, be sure your bathroom door is closed!