Sometimes a tip comes along that we wish we didn’t have to give. Hopefully this one will help dog owners who find themselves separating Fido and a neighborly skunk. For this tip I assume you have at least three things at your disposal. One: a forklift. Two: a hose hooked up nearby (hot water optional) and Three: (the most priceless item), a bottle of “Skunk-Off”. I found their soaker, spray and shampoo at Alpine Animal Hospital, our local veterinarian. I loaded up on all three. Full dis-closer: The Thornell Corporation and its subsidiaries are NOT corporate sponsors of our site. We have no corporate sponsors. Just an adventurous dog.
The first step in cleansing your dog is to capture him, leash him and then hook his leash around your forklift forks. A simple hitch ball with a two inch ball set through the holes on the forks works nicely to secure the handle end of the dogs leash. Next comes the tricky part.
Make sure you have sufficiently calmed down from finding your dog “playing” with a skunk. Check your pulse, have a drink, etc. etc.
You will need to carefully ease up the forklift forks… carefully and slowly, so as not to hang your own dog. No need to have PETA angry here.
Secure the leash snuggley and begin to wash. The directions on the bottle of the Skunk-Off Shampoo say to shake the bottle, wipe off excess skunk spray (if you can tell where the smell is actually coming from), saturate the entire area with shampoo and work in thoroughly. Don’t forget eye lids, mouth and in between toes. If there is still odor, reapply.
I would recommend also using the spray and soaker. A gal can never have too many beauty products in her arsenal.
I hope this tip helps everyone this spring. Let me know if you have other tips or suggestions!