What To Do When You’ve Been Skunked!
We have had my daughter’s dog, a Boston Terrier on and off through the years. Several years ago when we were taking care of Riley she got skunked! Apparently she thought the black and white critter outside our bedroom window was a distant cousin to a Boston Terrier!
Up until that point we had never had any trouble with skunks. Neither our pug, Purtie, nor our chocolate lab, Gracie, ever had an encounter with a skunk. However, this all changed one night when we had Riley under our roof. We had just let Riley outside to do her business and in a mater of minutes Riley came running back to the house. At the same time we smelled skunk. Poor Riley sat on the steps while we tried to figure out the best way to treat her. Luckily just days before I had read something about using hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to treat a dog sprayed by a skunk.
Talk about good timing! Luckily we had all the ingredients on hand (it is prudent to have a well stocked pantry). We soon had a much better smelling and very clean dog. There was still a slight odor of skunk so she did have to spend the night in the laundry room.
If your dog runs into a skunk here is a wonderful recipe that I can vouch for!
Mix together the following ingredients:
1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
¼ pound baking soda
Bit of laundry detergent of dish soap
This worked so well on the dog. Getting the smell off of the steps to the house was another story.
Have you or your dog ever been skunked? What was your solution?
Riley is now living in Portland, Oregon and hopefully will not ever run into a skunk again. It was certainly not something she was very happy about!