What To Do If Your Dog Or Cat Gets Sprayed By A Skunk

Oh no! You’re out walking the dog, when you hear a rustling in the bushes. Your dog runs toward the sound, and before you can even begin to start calling your pup back, your eyes start to water as the smell hits. What do you do??

If your pet gets sprayed by a skunk, you first want to make sure that they are physically fine. If there is a scratch or puncture it is best to see your vet to avoid infection and to make sure you are up to date on your rabies vaccination. You will want to check your pet’s eyes and nose well; if they get blasted there it’s very uncomfortable and the area will need to be cleaned thoroughly.

There are many ways to get the smell out of your pet’s fur. The recipe we recommend here at Fisher Glen is the following:

  • 1 quart (or litre) of white vinegar
  • ¼ cup of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of Dawn (works best) liquid dish soap.

Use an open bucket and mix all the ingredients together. Rub the mixture well into the fur. Always shield your pet’s eyes to prevent the mixture from getting in and irritating them further. Leave it on 5-10 minutes, then rinse well. You may have to repeat this procedure if your pet got badly hit. If the skunk hit your pet directly in the eyes, or the eyes remain watery and red after cleaning, please call your veterinarian.

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