This might be a funny show to watch, but only if when Ashton Kutcher came popping out of the back, he took your dog away to be bathed and didn’t bring him back until he was fresh as a daisy again.
A dog getting skunked is really no laughing matter. It is a horrendous smell that can get into your house and stay well past your dog’s de-skunking. My dog Denver, who has now passed, spent one summer getting skunked 4 times! I swore that if I could find one, I was going to dress her as Pepe Le Pew for Halloween to shame her into sense.
I was reminded of this yesterday when I went out into my yard and found that it had been completely torn up by a grub-eating skunk in the night and then a colleague’s dog was skunked over the night. It’s that time, I guess, so look out.
The question you might be asking is what do I do if this happens?!?
Here’s a recipe for getting that smell out:
1 quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
¼ cup baking soda (not powder!)
1 tablespoon of liquid dishwashing soap (Ivory if possible)
It would seem to make sense that if you have a repeat offender (let’s hope you don’t!) you could make this remedy so that you have it mixed at a moment’s notice. However, this solution combines ingredients in such a way that if you were to this, the bottle would eventually explode, so unfortunately, you need to make it fresh each time, but be sure to have the ingredients on hand.
If you know that skunks are in your area, you can take a few precautions:
So, since I know that we’ve got skunks on the prowl in my area, I’m out to stock up on Hydrogen Peroxide and the rest. Once your dog’s been skunked, you never forget it!
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