February 15, 2013

Dog Sprayed By Skunk

Yep. It happened again. That dog of yours went patrolling your yard only to encounter a pesky skunk. And, of course, your dog had to investigate, which only ended in an agitated skunk and a smelly dog. Good news, though, there is help. It’s not easy, and you’ll have to wash your pup several times, but that smell will come out. First, make sure to use old towels that you can just throw away. Then you want to clean the area where the skunk sprayed the dog. Clean this area first so that the spray doesn’t spread. It’s important to understand that the skunk spray is oil-like in composition, so it sticks and for a long time. Once you finish that, then begin the dog-washing process. You’ll want to wash your dog three or four times with heavy shampooing. Here are a couple of hints if you found your dog sprayed by skunk:

1. Keep your dog out of the house!

If you don’t, your house will smell like that skunk for days. Isn’t it bad enough that she has to deal with the skunk spray now? Dogs have incredible olfactory senses, so they will be the ones most affected by the lingering odor. It’s best for all involved, dog included, to just keep her outside. You’re going to have to bathe her anyway. Start out there.

2. Put on old clothes that you can immediately throw away.

Once you finish bathing your dog sprayed by skunk (probably three or four times), that skunk spray oil will be all over your clothes, so just toss them. Don’t put them in the kitchen trash can either or else your entire house will smell like skunk. Put them directly in the outside trash can.

3. The best remedy is either one of the store bought products or a peroxide formula created by the chemist Paul Krebaum.

Yep, that’s right. Forget that tomato juice theory. Paul Krebaum found a peroxide formula that helps when you have a dog sprayed by skunk. Check it out.

Nobody likes the dog-sprayed-by-skunk incidence. Worse, nobody likes the smell. But when figuring out what to do, don’t panic. Put on those old tees and sweats, put the dog outside, get the store bought stuff or make the Krebaum recipe, and get to cleaning that dog. She’ll thank you. And you’ll be able to breathe again.

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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