Skunks normally mind their own business, but are sometimes provoked to spray by a curious or threatening pet. The questions of what they spray, why they spray, and how do you get rid of the odor are answered here.
Also, is the spray toxic? Find out what you need to do for post-skunk first aid for your pets to be safe.
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Your dog barks frantically, or maybe zooms off in another direction. Then you smell it. Skunk! I think that this has happened to each dog I have lived with at some point in their life. Some escape with just a spritz, other dogs come back dripping in skunk juice. Not good.
Learn about skunks behavior to help prevent being "skunked" in the future and what to do about that odor now.
02 of 03Getting rid of a bothersome odor is one thing, but are there any medical issues to be concerned about if your pet is sprayed by a skunk? The answer is usually "no," but read on for things to watch for if your pet has been sprayed by a skunk.
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Tell us your curious-pet-meets-skunk story
Many of us have had the unpleasant realization, usually at night, of "uh oh, my dog has been skunked!" With a direct attack, the odor is often so strong that the amount of skunk oil on the pet may be underestimated. This can lead to bringing the dog (or articles of clothing) in the house a bit too soon.
Annoying, frustrating...what's your skunk story?