Updated: Apr 29, 2019

Our darling Charlie had an encounter with skunks last year. Can someone please tell me what is the purpose for them on this earth??? Like mosquitos I can't seem to think of one reason for their existence.

Back to Charlie, the poor thing even got the spray in his mouth! And this was no ordinary skunk attack. Our neighbors had a family of skunks who boldly took a walk through their yard during the day with no apparent fear of all the surrounding yards that had dogs in them.

So, if this happens to one of your treasured pets, here are some ideas to help.

Because a skunk’s spray has an oily consistency, it is incredibly difficult to remove from hair and skin. The first step in “de-skunking” your pet is to rinse him/her off with a hose bath and pet shampoo outside. After that, bring him/her indoors for a warm bath with dish soap. Remember, when ocean birds are caught in oil spills, rescue workers use dish soap (think Dawn) to clean their feathers, so it can work wonders for your dog or cat, too.

Rinsing and repeating this process about a dozen times is usually sufficient for getting rid of the smell. However, if there is still a persistent odor once your pet is dry, you can try an application of baking soda and peroxide (recipe below). Gently shampoo the substance into your pet’s coat and allow it to sit for about 5 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Be especially careful to avoid your pet’s eyes.

De-Skunk Recipe - Forget the tomato juice and try this instead:

· 4 cups of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide

· 1/4 cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)

· 1 to 2 teaspoons of dish washing detergent

· 1 quart lukewarm water

Skunk smell can also transfer to you. Before washing your pet, put on some old clothes and a pair of rubber or latex gloves to protect your skin. And when you're through discard the leftover mixture since it is volatile and shouldn’t be stored for later use.

Removing Skunk Smell from the House and Outside - Remember the more you touch, the more you'll have to clean, so avoid touching anything or anyone

-Open windows and turn on fans and vents

-Use diluted bleach to clean hard surfaces inside and out

-Spray the garden and lawn with a vinegar and dish soap solution

-If the smell continues to be bad inside you will need to steam clean carpets, drapes, and furniture

-Place bowls of vinegar around the house to absorb skunk odors.

I hope that none of our pets ever has to go through this again, and I hope we don't either, however, having four dogs, sadly, chances are we will need to do this at some point in the future again.

Source: Various sources including WikiHow

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