No good can come from this scenario…
And, sure enough…it didn’t.
This past Sunday night when I took little Sam out for her before-bed pee, as I was opening the back door, she bolted out. I knew she had spied something (she doesn’t act like that unless she sees something to pursue) but I didn’t know what. It wasn’t until I had the door fully open that I was able to see: Sam was nose-to-nose with a skunk! “Saaaaam…!!! @#-it, Sam!” But there was nothing I could do. Sam’s deaf so I couldn’t get her attention by yelling for her. And so the inevitable happened. I saw Sam turn away from her new little friend, shaking her head and gagging. To say she smelled bad is an understatement. While Sam rolled in the grass to get the stink off, I called to my husband through the window to tell him Sam had just got skunked. Not suprisingly, he had the same reaction I initially did. I got a hose and began washing off her face, her mouth and her eyes. Paul came out with a towel, picked her up and whooshed her inside to the bathtub. While he was with her, I called a vet who gave me a formula for bathing the skunk off of her. I then went out to get the ingredients, came back and gave her another bath. Now, the above sounds like it went fairly smoothly and all, given the circumstances, hmmm? Well, no. Everybody was in a panic. I wasn’t sure what to do or if Sam was in harm’s way with the spray in her mouth and eyes. My husband was very upset and telling me to call a vet and mentioning ingredients to get that I didn’t even know what they were. It was 10:30 on a Sunday night and I had to locate a vet and find supplies. I drove all over the West Island for an hour, looking for an open pharmacy or grocery store that would have what I needed. I got stuck several times waiting at the longest red lights while time ticked by. I was upset and cried from time to time. It was a bit of a rough night, though funny, now that it’s over. Ha.
But, hey, now I know what to do if someone or something I know gets skunked. There’s no need to panic. Just rinse off the skunk smell as much as possible with water (particularly the eyes and mouth). Then assemble a forumula of: 1 pint (or quart) peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 1 tablespoon dishwashing soap. Lather up with that and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse. Then do a shampoo and rinse. Monday morning, Sam and I went to the Village vet’s store and bought some skunk-rid shampoo and lotion. I used that on her (the shampoo) and she seems to be smelling okay for the most part.
Since then, a little research has turned up some other concoctions for ridding an animal of skunk smell. Of course there the ol’ tomato juice formula, but I hear that’s a real mess. A number of people swear that using douches works wonders. Wierd, but makes sense. Here’re some related links:
Same formula but how to not cause and explosion. Oops. I did put it in a sealed container and, they’re right! It will explode! Just thought I’d test that out for ya…
And a good article that also tells you how to get the skunk out of your clothes.