How to Get Rid of Skunk Smell from Your Dog’s Coat?

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So your curious little canine friend went exploring and got sprayed on by a skunk. This kind of thing happens when you have a curious dog. Luckily, there’s there are a quite a few solutions out there to help you deal with this scenario. However, you must act fast.Here are a few tips to help you out.

Wipe

The first thing you need to do before trying anything else is to wipe your dog. While wiping, make sure you locate the exact spot where the skunk has sprayed him/her. Skunk spray contains compounds that are known as thiols. These are sulphur based chemicals, which can definitely cause problems.While wiping, make sure you use gloves to avoid getting that nasty stuff onto yourself. Keep wiping and you’ll eventually find the spot where your dog has been sprayed. Usually, this would be the neck or the shoulders. Now, wipe off as much as possible.

Use Skunk Odor Remover

To get rid of the smell, you will require a skunk odor removing solution. Make sure you have everything available right away. You can’t waste time running to get things as and when you need them. One effective solution is to mix 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide (3%) with 1 or 2 teaspoons of dish soap and half a cup of baking soda. You can also use vinegar instead of hydrogen peroxide to avoid the bleaching effect.Make sure the solution is stored in an open container as the mixing results in pressure. A closed container can explode because of this.Once you have the solution ready, wash your dog with warm water, wipe her/him dry and then, rub the solution onto his/her coat. First, target the areas where he/she has been sprayed. Make sure nothing gets into your dog’s eyes, nose, or ears.Let the solution soak for about 15 minutes. Then, rinse and repeat.You can try something similar using tomato juice as well. Tomato juice is known to be quite effective at eliminating skunk spray odor.

Use Shampoo

Once you’re done with the solution part, give your dog a final wash using shampoo. Things are likely to look much better from here on. Once you’re done giving him/her a proper bath, dry the coat and place the dog in sunny location for more drying.

Visiting the Vet

Generally, you can handle such a situation on your own. However, if your dog has been sprayed in the eyes or face, you will need to visit the vet. The spray can affect the eyes in a bad way. Also, look for signs of lethargy, vomiting, and foaming at the mouth. If you do spot such symptoms, rush your dog to the vet right away.

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