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Dog Sprayed by Skunk? Here’s What to Do and What Not To

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Taking care of your furry friends has many “ups”, but also a few “downs”.

One of the worst problems you may have to deal with is when your dog was outside and it comes to your door, wildly howling and barking.

You go to check what is wrong with her and you notice something right away…. THE SMELL.

Oh no. Not that smell. Your dog has been sprayed by a skunk. AHHHHHH!

In this post, we tell you what to do when your dog has been sprayed by a skunk, and give you a recipe for cleaning the skunk smell off of your dog. We also tell you a few things not to do.

 

Skunk FestWhat to do when your dog is sprayed by a skunk

  • Keep your dog outside until they are clean.
  • Check and rinse your dog’s eyes immediately.
  • Don’t cuddle your dog until after you’ve cleaned them.
  • Clean your dog as soon as possible. The sooner the better.
  • Mix your dog cleaning solution.
  • Wash and shampoo your dog.

 

Keep your dog outside of your living space until she is cleaned. 

If your dog has just been sprayed, you will want to keep them out of your home. We’ve heard plenty of stories about panicked dogs running through the home, rolling on the carpet, jumping on couches, and spreading skunk smell to everything they touch.

Don’t give yourself an even bigger mess to clean up! Keep them outside or in the garage. People sometimes bring them in the basement, and then regret that when the scent wafts through the ceiling to every room on the first floor

 

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Check your dog’s eyes immediately. If the eyes appear red or irritated, be sure to flush them immediately with cool water. You cannot use the same cleaning solution that you’ll use to clean their fur on their face.

 

Don’t cuddle your dog until they are clean. Your dog may be upset but we don’t recommend giving them a hug right now. The oil from the skunk and the smell are very easy to transfer to almost anything they touch.

 

Clean your dog as soon as possible. The longer the skunk spray is on your dog, the harder it will be to remove. 

 

Mix your dog cleaning solution. The old tale of using tomato sauce to clean your dog after it was sprayed by a skunk is just a myth. 

Skunk spray removal recipe for dogs

Here is an easy skunk smell removal recipe that really works:

  • 1-quart hydrogen peroxide (3%)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
  • 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap (for example Dawn dish soap)

Mix these three ingredients together in a large bowl or bucket. Once mixed, thoroughly rub it into your pet’s fur. Let it soak in for five minutes and then rinse it out with tap water. Don’t leave it in for longer or it may cause bleaching.

It’s likely that you may have to repeat this cleaning process a few more time to get rid of the smell.

After you rinsed them with the smell removal mixture, wash your pet as you normally would with pet shampoo and conditioner.

 

What not to do when your dog is sprayed by a skunk

  • Don’t let your dog inside your living areas.
  • Don’t let your dog on carpet or furniture.
  • Don’t use any towels you don’t want to ruin.
  • Don’t wash your dog with tomato sauce.
  • Don’t use a hydrogen peroxide solution stronger than 3%.
  • Don’t get the cleaning solution in your dog’s eyes.
  • Don’t mix your skunk smell removal mixture ahead of time. It can lose it’s potency and could potentially become explosive.

We hope these tips help you out when you’re in a stinky situation!

 


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Dog Flu Outbreak in Illinois

About the Illinois Dog Flu Outbreak 

There have been recent cases of Dog Flu breaking out all over central Illinois. Be cautious with your dog around other dogs.  Veterinarians say this is a new and highly contagious airborne virus that can spread quickly from dog to dog.

This virus can be transferred via nose and mouth secretions, coughs, and even sharing water bowls. Because this particular virus is airborne, it can spread without contact.

Most dogs are not naturally immune to the virus and when exposed to it will most likely contract it. 

How to Protect Your Dog 

The first thing you should do is talk to your veterinarian about canine influenza to see what they recommend is best for your dog. 

If you notice anything out of the ordinary isolate your dog and call your veterinarian as soon as possible. Do not wait or hesitate as this is a very aggressive virus and your should seek medical treatment immediately.  

A vaccine is available, if you have not already, the H3N2 vaccination is available for your dog. Discuss whether the vaccine is right for your dog with your veterinarian. 

Start boosting your dog’s immune system by feeding them a healthy and balanced diet.  Give them plenty of vitamins and minerals, essential fatty acids and probiotics. You can also use some of the many natural immunity boosting supplements and herbs to improve your dogs overall health and well-being.

Be sure to watch your dog for common symptoms such as: coughing, lethargy, lack of appetite, nasal or eye discharge. Give your dog lots of water and plenty of time to rest. 

If your dog does get the flu, keep them away from other dogs for at least 21 days.

Chocolate Overdose: What to do if they find your secret spot

Most of us have that secret spot of emergency chocolate, for those extra hard days.  Unfortunately, the chocolate stash can be very dangerous for our pets if they find it.

The question we end up asking ourselves is how much is too much chocolate, and what should I do if my dog eats chocolate?

How much is safe?

As long as you know how much was eaten and what sort of chocolate it is, it is relatively easy to work out if your pet is in danger. 

The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous, is the general rule. 

Dark, bitter baking chocolate contains more toxins than milk chocolate. Milk chocolate is not as toxic as dark chocolate, and white chocolate contains very little of theobromine, which is the concerning chemical found in chocolate. 

Other factors that may impact your pet include whether there were any other ingredients such as caffeine, sultanas, macadamias, and xylitol (also toxic to pets and used as an artificial sweetener).

Many pets are very sensitive to rich and fatty foods and will get a nasty bout of pancreatitis or gastroenteritis from overindulging. Also, pets that gobble the whole lot so quickly that they eat wrappers, foil and plastic are more susceptible to a foreign body problem as well.

What Does Chocolate Do to Dogs?

Chocolate contains theobromine which is a methylxanthine that stimulates the heart and nervous system while relaxing smooth muscle. The low-grade signs of poisoning often include vomiting, diarrhea, panting, restlessness, hyperactivity, and increased heart rate.

At higher doses, neurological signs such as tremors, seizures, coma, and death can occur. Often it takes a few hours to develop the dangerous symptoms and as theobromine has a long half-life it can take a few days for pets to improve even with treatment.

What Should I Do?

If you have a reason to suspect your pet has eaten chocolate, get them to the vet immediately.

If there is a chance that the chocolate is still in the stomach, including vomiting quickly is cheap, effective and safe. Usually, if the consumption was within an hour, inducing vomiting solves the problem. Insider tip: vets don’t mind making chocolate-eaters vomit – it smells so much nicer than the usual vomit!

 

Stray Dog Adopted by Monastery, Becomes Friar and Internet Sensation

Carmelo the "Friar Pup"

Have you heard about Carmelo, the newest online animal sensation?

Carmelo, (also known as Friar Bigotón) was a stray who was adopted by the St Francis Monastery of Cochabamba, Bolivia. 

The monastery announced that the furry pup, whom they have named Carmelo, has joined their fold. He has even been given a habit to wear just like the rest of the friars.

“His life is all about playing and running. Here, all of the brothers love him very much. He is a creature of God” said friar Jorge Fernandez.

St Francis, who the monastery is named after is the patron saint of animals, so it was only natural for them to adopt this dog. They wanted to set an example for others to open their homes to animals in need.

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As often happens, the cute little animal has taken social media by storm, with millions of people sharing and commenting on photos of Carmelo. He’s even gained worldwide coverage from national media networks.

Carmelo’s adoption became possible through the Cochabamba, Bolivia animal rescue group Proyecto Narices Frías (Cold Nose Project).

They wrote on Facebook, “If all the churches of our country adopted just one dog and cared for it like Friar Bigotón, we are sure that the parishioners would follow this excellent example.”

It’s safe to assume that their example has worked and that many of Carmelo’s millions of fans have adopted other pets.

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