It is skunk season. Mating season for skunks is generally in February and March and the young are born in the spring. The gestation is about 2 months and they have about 4 -6 babies in a litter.
With mating season and the new skunks – it is a good time for some dogs to get sprayed! Skunks are generally not innately vicious but spray in response to fear as part of their defense system.
Their spray is a think oily and very stinky secretion from their anal glands. The active stinky ingredient is a compound called mercaptan which contains sulfur.
Skunks can spray very accurately for 8 to 10 feet and reach a dog up to 16 or 18 feet away. If sprayed in the eyes, it can cause temporary burning. The biggest problems is the stink.
How to Bathe Your Dog after A Skunk Spray
There are a lot of old wives tales out there about how to remove shunk odor. Most shampoos and perfumes only mask the spray. Tomato juice is a common recommendation but doesn’t work. A commercial product called Skunk Off® can be purchased.
The best home remedy for removing skunk odor is as follows:
Create a mixture of one quart 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, 1-cup baking soda, and 1 teaspoon liquid soap.
What is important is for you to allow this mixture to sit on your pet for about 10 minutes.
After the solutions soaks, rinse with tap water.
NOTE: DO NOT get the solution in the dogs eyes.