Frequently Asked Questions: What to do when your dog is sprayed by a skunk?

January 22, 2019


If your dog has ever been "skunked" you know just how bad the smell is and how difficult it is to get out of their hair and skin.  Here is some more information on how to treat it as soon as possible:


Skunk spray is not only a stinky annoyance; it can also lead to moderate to severe illness. If your dog is sprayed in the face, symptoms can include eye swelling and redness, squinting, drooling, sneezing, vomiting, and temporary blindness. The eyes and mouth should be flushed with warm water and the animal should be bathed to remove chemicals from the skin. If your dog received a very heavy spray, he may be at risk of developing anemia, so contact your veterinarian for further guidance.




Skunk Off is available in a spray, liquid soaker, and shampoo. It's best to have some on hand before an incident occurs so the smell can be eradicated as soon as possible. A mixture of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and liquid soap can be used in a pinch.


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