Your Pet is Sprayed by a Skunk – Now What?

Here is a brief guide on steps to take when your family member has been sprayed by a skunk…

Skunks can be an interesting sight for both humans and pets, but when it comes to stink bombs, they are a force to be reckoned with. If your pet has been sprayed by a pesty skunk, you may not have an idea what the next steps are. If that is the case, this article is for you. You may be in need of skunk removal services.

cute dog in bathtub

Step #1

You’ll need to get started right away. This is because more the odor lingers on your pet’s hair, the harder it is to remove. First, make sure your pet is in a small, contained area, to prevent it from contaminating the rest of the property. Next, you’ll want to wear gloves and some old clothes that you’re comfortable discarding later.

Step #2

Prepare the concoction. Mix a tablespoon of dishwashing soap, four cups hydrogen peroxide, and half a cup of baking soda. This amount should be enough for small and medium sized animals. If yours is larger, then mix double the ingredient amounts listed above. Next, take your pet to the garage or yard and using a garden hose, wet it down, and shampoo its fur thoroughly with a sponge or your hands. Make sure to wash its face as well. Be careful not to allow the solution to enter the pet’s eyes, mouth, or nose.

Step #3

Now let is set for awhile. Allow the solution to sit for about 5 minutes and then rinse. Chances are a single wash won’t be sufficient to eliminate the smell completely and so, repeat the above process as many times as possible until the odor disappears. Keep in mind that you do not have to wait until the pet dries before giving it another wash. After rinsing, you can continue with the application instantly.

Step #4

Final steps. Once the smell disappears, dry your family member properly. Consider calling your vet to ask if an examination is in order, to rule out any other underlying issues. Lastly, buy a skunk odor removal product to avoid this arduous process in the future.

dog sprayed by a skunk

If skunk have taken up residence on your property.

Heritage Wildlife Management can certainly help with skunk removal.