August 25, 2011

Skunked!

Posted by Laura

Picture this scenario...it's a chilly summer morning and the fog has rolled in. The sun is barely up and the air is crisp, clean, fresh. A sweet black lab returns from the park with her owner and finds a black and white "kitty cat" in her yard. Naturally, she decides to greet it with a sniff of the butt...*SHPEESH*. Oh, the black and white "kitty cat" isn't even a cat - it isn't even trying to pose as a cat but instead is an angry skunk!

That was 5:15am. I was asleep and my husband was the unfortunate soul lucky duck who got to deal with the bulk of the situation.

Those eyes....the embarrassment...the pain....
the uncomfortable reality of the situation.
Poor Tillie.

If you have never dealt with skunk spray up close, consider yourself lucky. The primary smell is so much more intense than the secondary smell in the air. It permeates everything! Here are some natural home remedies for skunk odor that did the trick for us.

FOR YOUR DOG
  • Mix this solution: 1 quart hydrogen peroxide + 1/4 cup baking soda + dollop of dish soap = miracle. Work the mixture into the dog's fur (with rubber gloves on) and let sit ten minutes. Be careful around the eyes and nose. Rinse off thoroughly. I don't know the science behind this, but it works and is recommended by veterinarians.


FOR YOUR HANDS
  • Rubber gloves! (trust me on this one)


FOR YOUR CLOTHES
  • Immediately wash your clothes in a normal wash cycle with 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar added to the rinse cycle
  • Line dry outside to let the fresh air blow the rest of the stink off


FOR YOUR HOME
  • FLOORS: Mop your little heart out with a solution of 1 part vinegar, 2 parts water. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil and/or tea tree oil for added fragrance (optional).
  • CARPETS: Baking soda. Sprinkle it on, let it sit for 10 minutes then vacuum it up.


OTHER NOTES:
Fresh air and nature are your best friends. Open your windows and let your house air out. Bring your dog outside and let them roll in the grass (Tillie did this a lot). If you're dog gets sprayed in the face and has irritated eyes/nose/mouth, it should eventually fade away but best to consult your veterinarian.

1 comment:

  1. The. Worst. That is the worst. Morgan got it in the face once, and I swabbed him with the first solution you mentioned, and he was none worse for wear.

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