The temperature was perfect for Tippy today, low 22°F and high of 56°F, so she was outside almost all day. I went out to check on her around 3 o’clock and was about knocked back into the house from the sickeningly sweet, distinctive smell of a skunk. I know that they only spray when they feel threatened or when trying to ward off a rival male during mating season. I’ve smelled skunk around here for the last couple of weeks and have seen many dead on the roads. Since the weather has been warmer than usual, I’m assuming that mating season has started early. So far, we have been lucky and Tippy hasn’t gotten sprayed. But, I knew it was bound to happen someday. Unfortunately, today was that day. Skunk – 1. Tippy – 0. Me…..I think about a negative 10 since I had to clean her up.
Fortunately, I have cedar oil shampoo for her. The groomer that I got it from said that it works great on skunk oil, just to be sure and put it on before wetting the dog. It seemed to work pretty well. The only problem was, Tippy balked at being drenched in the very cold water coming from the outside faucet. I had to come in and get a bucket of warm water to finish washing her and rinse her off. I could still smell it and discovered that it was on her collar. Changed that and washed it. There is still a faint smell, but think it is just lingering in the air. Tippy is getting tired of me sniffing her to see if she still stinks. Hopefully, she’ll be more careful if she encounters another one.
Has your dog ever been sprayed? If so, what do you use to clean and deodorize them?