CRITTERS, are a part of living in the country.
And for the most part we keep a “live and let live” arrangement going. But yesterday, Muffin the Wheaten Terrier had an unfortunate meeting with a SKUNK. Unfortunate for both…Muffin got sprayed,,, and the skunk…well…sadly, has gone to Skunk heaven.
THE SMELL is hideous….beyond hideous…HORRENDOUS, woke me out of a dead sleep and it permeated every corner of our house…BUT MUFFIN had it the worst…she was clearly not happy about her encounter but …she just could not help herself!
HOW TO GET RID OF SKUNK SMELL
I put the question to my Facebook friends and got back two “HOME” remedies…
The SCIENTIFIC – Hydrogen Peroxide mixture remedy.
….and the KITCHEN – TOMATO JUICE REMEDY.
There are also plenty of de-skunk smell products available at the store.
What I learned is that the ONLY way to get RID of the smell on an animal or yourself
is to neutralize it at the CHEMICAL level.
1 QUART HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
1/4 CUP BAKING SODA
TEASPOON DISH SOAP.
I HAD TO GO to two stores to get enough hydrogen peroxide! Another dog on our street got skunked the same night, I guess it is just that time of year!!!
I mixed a DOUBLE BATCH AND PUT everything in a LARGE pitcher and then transferred IT to a mix jug for easy pouring.
DO NOT LET It get into your dogs eyes!!!! YOU MAY even want to have a jug of warm water to rinse in case some does. If it does happen and the dog seems irritated, a vet visit may be necessary.
The dish soap breaks down the oils in the skunk spray thereby allowing the chemicals to NEUTRALIZE the other STINK CHEMICALS. I first washed Muffin with kids shampoo (no tears) to clean her up because she was long over due for a bath. Then I slowly poured the SKUNK MIXTURE over her…letting it sit for 5 minutes and kind of lathered her up in the meantime…giving her a rub down which she loves. (I WORE KITCHEN GLOVES!!!) Then I rinsed AND RINSED AND RINSED. I then sprayed her all over with some AVEDA Detangler that I got for Ellie…which smells AVEDA amazing.
I have used the tomato juice remedy in the past and found it to be fine, if you are okay with not eating pasta for a while. What I learned is that the tomato juice does absolutely nothing to get RID of the chemicals…but instead OVERRIDES the smell…in your nose, so you smell it first…I am sure all the washing does SOMETHING too…to diminish the existence of the spray but only TIME then makes it go away.
I TOSSED her collar and the bedding she had laid on before we knew she had been skunked. We lit Lavendar candles all over the house and today the smell is BETTER ….if not gone.
My husband picked up a few of these at REBECCA’S NATURAL FOODS ….and I am SOLD!!!!
IN the end..(no pun intended) these things happen and the smell will go away. I feel sorry for the poor little skunk that met Muffin…and I am certain Muffin did NOT learn her lesson…so some things I am going to do to make sure the skunks do not come into her territory –
1.REMOVE the dog food FROM the porch at night,
2. Pick up food scraps from outside eating.
3. Move the compost out of the dogs range (their collars give them a 90 ft radius to roam) .
4. AND keep enough hydrogen peroxide in the house!!!!!!
reminder – always keep your pets updated on their Rabies vaccine. Skunks do carry rabies.