Usually dogs in Alaska and Hawaii can’t see many skunks, but in the rest area of the United States a chance encounter may occur particularly in hot days. Skunks are one of the most common mammals in U.S., Canada and Mexico. Nosey dogs are fortunate enough to know that skunks like to roam mostly at night. But any curious dog can come across a skunk at daytime.
Typically skunks may do their own business without contacting with anyone, which will view any communication from others as a threat even though it’s a friendly hello. It will avoid an approaching dog by spraying a pungent liquid from glands near its tail. It’s easy to defend such an attack, but sometimes a friendly dog may get sprayed. We call such offensive spray mercaptan; and the terrible odor comes from a key ingredient called sulphur. The following are some tips for you to help a sprayed dog:
Place a sprayed dog outside your house to get rid of the odor
Don’t make your clothes to come in contact with affected areas on your dog
A skunk’s spray always smells disgusting, so you’d better check your dog’s eyes and ears in case of inflammation or symptoms of irritation. Once you find anything, immediately use cool, clean water to rinse.
Consult your vet to make sure if your dog needs professional care and the dog’s rabies vaccination is temporary.
Ask your veterinarian about any solution to get rid of the smell from your dog’s fur. It is said that there are home remedies too, which contain the most effective ingredient such as baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
If your dog may still behave uncomfortable after rinsing, you’d better send him to the veterinarian’s clinic as soon as possible.