I know I just talked about cat bathing tips the other day (you can read them here), but today I bring you more bathing tips. I was inspired on this topic last week, when my dog Shiner was skunked. This was the third time in her life to be skunked. Yay me. Usually, it's not that big of a deal for me. Except of course for the burning sensation in my eyes caused by the skunk spray on her fur. I would take her to work with me at the clinic and get her all de-skunkified.
This time though was a little more challenging since I don't work at a vet clinic currently. Shiner hates baths, and can be a little naughty for them. This time was definitely no exception... Here's the story.
|Shiner after getting skunked.|
|She's trying to escape!|
I put Shiner in the bathtub and bathed her in the special de-skunking shampoo formula. She was not pleased. I was dirty after my nice refreshing bath...
|Giving me the stink eye.|
I opened the door for her to go into my room after the bath, but instead she decided to go outside. Being a stubborn dog, she wouldn't come. After about two minutes, she returned much to my dismay. She had rolled in the dirt and was now dirtier than she was before the first bath!
So ensued round 2 of bathtime for Shiner. She was even less thrilled the second time. I was even dirtier now.
|Shiner resting after her second bath... Nibblet's napping too back there!|
I made sure Shiner couldn't escape outside again after this bath. She did her routine rubbing herself on everything to get dry and continued to give me the stink eye. Then I promptly went to clean out my bathroom and take another shower.
So what should you do if your dog or cat gets skunked? Here are some tips:
- Check for any bite wounds or injuries.
- Make sure your pet's eyes are OK. Squinting, rubbing or red eyes can be a sign of irritation. Skunk spray is very strong and can be quite irritating to the eyes. Try to flush your pet's eyes out with water. Veterinary care may be necessary if it continues to irritate your pet.
- Bathe within 30-60 minutes of getting skunked. The odor will come off easier this way.
As promised, here is the special skunk odor removing shampoo recipe. Mix together the following in an empty gallon jug or whatever other container you have handy.
- 4 cups of hydrogen peroxide
- 1/4 cup of baking soda
- 2 tsp of liquid soap
Try to leave this mixture on your pet for 5-10 minutes and avoid their eyes.
I've also used a product called Skunk-Off which is a special skunk odor removing shampoo that you can purchase and have on hand. Both methods seem to work pretty well. The Skunk Off shampoo has more of a scented smell with it though.