If your dog and a skunk enter a confrontation, it's probable that skunk will spray in order to avoid a physical escalation. However, since skunks are near-sighted, it's plausible yet unlikely that your dog may get hold of him before he has a chance to defend himself. The skunk may be engrossed in digging for bugs, for example. Rabid skunks, meanwhile, may lack the necessary instinctive responses to escape a dog attack.
Carry your dog outside to shake off his deskunking bath.
Thank you so much for this information! Like many others, my dog got skunked in the middle of the night. I was very upset (along with this very sensitive pooch) and completely unaware of what to do. Luckily, your blog and these normal household ingredients got us through it.
***** Tips I recommend should your dog get skunked*****
My dog was sprayed right in the chest and face at 5:30 this morning. Off to the store I went while my husband searched for what I would need to buy. Came across this site. THANK YOU! The process was about 1.5 hours all together but we did your steps several times followed by many baths. We used the mixture for his face along with dog facial towels. It all worked like a charm. Now our backyard is off limits for a few days until the skunk smell goes away so the dogs will feel the aftermath until they are allowed back in their santuary.
If and When Your Dog Is Skunked ....
It’s something you never forget – the first time your dog comes into the house after having an encounter with a skunk. The smell is unmistakable and just about unbearable. What can you do to get that awful smell off your dog?1. Wash outside. Keeping your dog outside while you are cleaning him up will help keep your house from being contaminated with skunk smell. (Anything he touches in the house will smell and need to be washed in the same solution.)You can also use mix up your own de-skunking solution at home. The volume of ingredients you combine will vary depending on the size of your dog. If you have a small dog, a solution of 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide, ¼ cup of baking soda and a teaspoon of liquid detergent should be enough. If your dog is medium or large in size, make a few extra quarts of the solution and have it on hand while you are washing your dog. It’s better to have too much than to have to stop in midstream to make more.Dogs love to explore. It’s in their blood to follow their nose and check out their surroundings. Occasionally they come across some wild critters who aren’t as interested in saying hello as they are. Skunks would be up there on the list of critters who may not want to say hi and will let your dog know by giving them a parting gift – a healthy dose of a pungent spray that is one of their main defense mechanisms. The odor resulting from this spray is very hard to remove once in contact with clothing, gear or fur. Skunk spray is composed of thiols, the same compounds that produce the unpleasant aroma of rotten eggs. Thiols are acidic and not water soluble, a combination that results in a substance that sticks to hair, fabric, skin, etc. and is difficult to wash off. For this reason, we wanted to share with your our Polecat Perfume recipe, which reacts and oxidizes the thiols in skunk spray. Oxygen is added to the sulfur atoms of thiols in a chemical process converting the thiol molecules into sulfones and sulfoxides. These converted compounds become odorless and water soluble making the skunk spray easier to wash off.