Phew-eeee!!! Oh no! It’s that time of year again! Pepe Lepue is on the loose and ready to release his horrific anal gland secretions onto your pet! Don’t worry, aside from the toxic odor, there is only a very slight chance that there will be major harm to your pet. Most commonly seen signs after a blast from Pepe include ocular edema, conjunctivitis, drooling and squinting and are often resolved in 48 hours.
Why the smell you ask? Well, skunk spray is made up of seven major volatile components. These components react at different times to create the immediate and long lasting odors. Two components which make up 65% of the spray are responsible for the instant repellent odor. Several other components are not initially odiferous but are made potent with the addition of water. This is why dogs may have a slight skunk oder for months to come if they become damp or wet.
What should you do if your dog gets skunked you ask? The first thing you should do is bathe your dog. But, DO NOT use regular dog shampoo. You will have much better results if you use a shampoo specifically designed for skunk odor removal before anything else. There are several commercially available products. At AACS we carry “Skunk Off”. In a pinch, you can use the home made “Krebaum skunk odor removal formula”.
1 quart fresh 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
1/4 cup baking soda
1-2 tsp liquid dishwashing detergent
For large dogs, add one quart of tepid water. Mix all ingredients together and use immediately. Do not store the mixture. Bathe the dog outdoors. Apply the “shampoo” deeply into the fur and let sit for five minutes. Rinse excessively. Repeat if needed. The pets fur and any towels may be bleached.
*Source: Veterinary Medicine. April 2013