Dogs are curious creatures, so it should come as no surprise that they will sniff out and follow almost any type of creature, including skunks.
Wildlife poses a number of different problems for man’s best friend. Namely, different wild animals have no problem scratching or biting your domestic dog. There can be serious health complications associated with wild animal attacks, such as infections or even rabies. Although all domesticated dogs should be vaccinated against rabies it’s still advisable to bring them to the veterinarian if they run afoul of another animal.
Skunks provide a unique challenge for dogs. In addition to their sharp claws and teeth, skunks are also able to spray a disgusting substance from their bodies that deter predators and keeps them safe in the wild. If this substance gets on your dog, it could be highly problematic for you.
Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can cleanse your dog after a skunk spray attack.
Use Tomato Juice
Tomato Juice is one of the most popular ways to get skunk stink out of your dog. It’s been around for ages and it still popular because it works. Simply bathe your dog in tomato juice and allow the mixture to sit on his or her fur for at least twenty minutes. When you wash the dog, the skunk smell should disappear. If not, repeat the process. You might have to do it a few times to really clean your dog.
Try Some Vanilla
Vanilla is not just for cupcakes. If you mix a cup of vanilla extract with water, you can use it as a bath to get skunk smell out of your dog. Put the mixture on your dog and let it soak in for about ten minutes before bathing and grooming your dog as usual. Vanilla might seem a little counterintuitive, but plenty of experts swear by this mixture.
Go For Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is valuable for a variety of different reasons, and getting the skunk stink out of a dog’s coat is just one of them. Make a mixture that is two parts water to one part apple cider vinegar and let it sit on your dog for about five or ten minutes. Be aware that if your dog has any open cuts, this mixture can sting or irritate him or her. If the dog has been hurt in the skunk attack, try a different method. You should also work hard to keep the apple cider vinegar out of your dog’s eyes. This method is one of the most effective ways to get the smell of skunk spray off your dog’s coat, but it also is a little more difficult to administer due to the caustic nature of the apple cider vinegar.
The best cure is prevention. Don’t let your dog get too curious about skunks. Keep them on a leash in areas where wildlife is known to live. Give the skunks a wide berth and your dog will be totally fine.
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