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Learn something new all the time...

My lesson last night? Skunks don't necessarily stink just by being alive. They can move thru a field without eminating ANY oder. How did I learn this lesson? Can you guess?

I walk Moj (my GSD) every night when I get home from work...we make the circle around a 5 acre pasture and last night I had Moj and Ellie, a guest pupper (my sister's Pug) on leashes...When we went into the field, Moj was hot on the trail of something...I did as I always do, sniff the air for signs of a skunk out and about...nothing. I made Moj follow our regular path, cuz I don't want to get pulled all over looking for a feral cat...and I had little Ellie, too, and walking a 120 lb GSD, and 15 lb Pug in the dark is hard enough...so we start making our way around, everybody doing their peeing and pooping....get to the top of the hill, and just as we round the corner of the fence, Moj leaps about 2 feet, and pounces on something....OH NO!!!

Neither Ellie or I got it, and Moj must have got it in the mouth and nose....he started frantically rolling...He continued to roll all the way home, and in the yard for 30 minutes. Of course, it's 1:00 am, dark...and the only light I had was the porch light. Came in and mixed up the soda/peroxide/detergent solution....Sniffed Ellie over, she didn't get any on her...so let her in the house. Went back out with the solution, grabbed the hose (thank god, it's summer) and started washing his chest and neck (he got dusted there), but can't use the solution close to eyes and mouth, so just rinsed that off the best I could (another fact about skunk smell...your nose can't smell it so good after a while)...

Grateful that it didn't get into his eyes...he's a Vetting horror show....I read that there is s type of OTC douche you can use for on the face....will be picking some of that up this morning...we'll see if that works.

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My neighbor has skunks visit every night! I went over to watch them and OMG they are the cutest little buggers ever!!!! I have a few pictures but they aren't that great.

Glad your crew is ok and not too stinky!!!
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Oh my gosh, thank you for posting that! It makes me feel so much better - Lucy went skunk-hunting last night instead of going potty, just as we were finally about to settle down for a very late dinner (9.30 or so) ...

Thank goodness I had skunk shampoo and spray around, but wow. She got sprayed in the face and mouth, too, and now emits little puffs of stink every time she moves, so I know pretty exactly how you feel!

(I'm lucky in that Lucy hangs out with hubby during the day and Stella likes to lay behind my office chair ... big olfactory relief there!)


Oh, and P.S., I rubbed Lucy's face with the anti-skunk spray (Odor Terminator ODOR TERMINATOR SPRAY for dogs and cats Nature's Specialties) last night and later followed up with some Rescue Remedy cream and lavender oil ... just put it on my hand and rubbed her with it. Not popular, but it seemed to work!
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Thank you for the info on the Odor Terminator...going to call the Dogfood supply place and see if they carry it.... The only idea I found on the internet this morning was using some type of OTC douche for faces...the "terminator" sounds better to me...we just noticed that in all that rolling he rubbed the hair off above his nose...but it still stinks everytime he walks by.

For what it's worth, it's comforting knowing that I'm not the only one with a stinky skunk-dog today....you'd think they'd figure it out...."It hurts when skunks spray"....

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Same here. Stinky pup support groups are really helpful!

I picked up this stuff and the matching shampoo last year after a similar incident late at night and am just SO glad I had it on hand! We've vowed never to be without this stuff (or some type of de-skunking agent) OR Febreze (which I'd normally never use) again!

My hope is still that she'll learn her lesson, but I'm not overly optimistic:-( GSDs are probably stinkier, just on account of more hair for the smell to settle into ...? I feel for you!

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The hydrogen peroxide/baking soda/Dawn detergent mix REALLY works....(this is Moj's 3rd time with a skunk incident...and hopefully it's the "charm")....Just whip it up in a bucket, get a clean rag....and soak them down with it. Leave it on 15 minutes, and rinse off....it can't be used around eyes, nose and mouth....and that part is unhandy.

I must have skunk stuck in my nose tho, cuz even at the grocery store I kept getting whiffs of it....LOL.

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The hydrogen peroxide/baking soda/Dawn detergent mix REALLY works....(this is Moj's 3rd time with a skunk incident...and hopefully it's the "charm")....Just whip it up in a bucket, get a clean rag....and soak them down with it. Leave it on 15 minutes, and rinse off....it can't be used around eyes, nose and mouth....and that part is unhandy.
I must have skunk stuck in my nose tho, cuz even at the grocery store I kept getting whiffs of it....LOL.

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Sorry, but somewhere along the seventh or eighth skunking in one summer, Kylie forfeited her privilege of not having it used around her eyes or mouth. From then on, she was Ms. FoamyHead.

I mean, I am careful. Sort of.

But, yeah, she gets thoroughly scrubbed with it, no matter what.

My opinion is, if they are going to "learn" from being skunked, it only takes once.

The skunking-recidivism rate is high, otherwise.




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Seven or eight? Oh my goodness ...

I'm not organized enough to have all that stuff on hand, so I just prefer to have one bottle that I can grab quickly before she has a chance to rub it anywhere ...

For the time being, she's renamed "Little Miss Stinkyhead", "Pepina" (for Pepe le Pew - I once threatened Stella the Lab I'd paint a white stripe on her back if she did that again) or just plain "Stinky" ...

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Seven or eight? Oh my goodness ...

I'm not organized enough to have all that stuff on hand, so I just prefer to have one bottle that I can grab quickly before she has a chance to rub it anywhere ...

For the time being, she's renamed "Little Miss Stinkyhead", "Pepina" (for Pepe le Pew - I once threatened Stella the Lab I'd paint a white stripe on her back if she did that again) or just plain "Stinky" ...
Oh, it ended up being waaay more times than that--I'm just saying that's when she started to get whole head dunkings in whatever toxic waste I could come up with, so long as it killed the infernal skunk funk

Thiotrol shampoo is really good, too, available thru vets--Reddobes here turned me on to that. I keep a bottle in the glovebox now, since we drive to so many of our hiking places.




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Sorry, but somewhere along the seventh or eighth skunking in one summer, Kylie forfeited her privilege of not having it used around her eyes or mouth.

My opinion is, if they are going to "learn" from being skunked, it only takes once.

The skunking-recidivism rate is high, otherwise.
Agreed x 100 on everything said here.



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Sorry, but somewhere along the seventh or eighth skunking in one summer, Kylie forfeited her privilege of not having it used around her eyes or mouth. From then on, she was Ms. FoamyHead.

I mean, I am careful. Sort of.

But, yeah, she gets thoroughly scrubbed with it, no matter what.

My opinion is, if they are going to "learn" from being skunked, it only takes once.

The skunking-recidivism rate is high, otherwise.
Damn, I wished I'd known that last night, or I would have used it on his head....the article with the skunk solution in it had me paranoid about using it....He'll be "forfeiting" his no face priviledges if it happens again. The last two times it was dead winter, in the single digits, and I had to do it inside....YUCK. That was when I learned that skunks don't hibernate....(guess I'm a slow learner on skunks, myself...ha! )

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