Q: My pet was sprayed by a skunk. What should I do?
In the (likely) event that my dog is a slow learner, how can I prepare for another skunk-spray encounter next time?
If your pet got sprayed by a skunk, commercial products are available for that de-skunking shampoo. A mixture of three common household ingredients is just as effective and cheaper — because this may take more than one bath.
Your target are the oily, pungent, long-lasting chemicals in skunk spray, called thiols.
To get started on neutralizing the thiols, mix the following: 1 quart 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, ¼ cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), and 1 teaspoon of mild dishwashing liquid.
Wet the dog’s coat, apply the mix and rub into the fur and skin to make a lather. A squeeze bottle, like an empty dish liquid container, works best for squirting the mix on the dog. You will want to wear gloves and old clothes. This is going to be messy — and is best accomplished outdoors if possible. Your dog might be shivering now, but soon he will shake. Leave the suds on the dog for several minutes.
This is a good time to ask your dog: “What were you thinking?” However, there’s no need to scold. This humiliating ritual is its own punishment. Rinse thoroughly. Towel dry. Repeat after me: “Just say no to thiols.”
Just when you thought the stink is gone, more can come out of the skin pores — especially around the muzzle — days later. Here we go again.
Thanks to the vets at BluePearl Veterinary Partners (bluepearlvet.com) for this answer.
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