Dangers of Skunks
Skunks are not usually a serious health problem for people. Rabies in these animals is relatively rare, and skunks are not generally aggressive. As long as humans do not attempt to harm these gentle animals, we can live happily side by side. Skunks look for grubs and worms and will use your lawn and garden as a food source. But dogs and cats in suburban and rural areas are often sprayed by skunks and need immediate help. With a little preparation, you can be ready to treat your dog or cat immediately.
Solutions for Sprayed Pets
For years, an application of tomato juice or soup was used to combat the horrendous smell of skunk spray. We now know a better solution, and it is a good idea to have the ingredients on hand. In the event of a skunk spray, try to keep your pet as calm as possible and avoid applying the ingredients described below around your friend’s eyes and ears. (If possible, get someone else to apply a cold, wet washcloth to your dog’s eyes because skunk spray stings.) Here is the solution to use:
Skunk Smell Solution Ingredients
- 1 Quart of Hydrogen peroxide (3 percent)
- ¼ Cup of baking soda
- 2 Teaspoons of any dishwashing liquid
Mix the ingredients together in a plastic pail. Calm the pet as much as possible, and use your standard procedure for washing your pet. Begin with the tail and work toward the head, being careful not to apply the liquid near the eyes or ears of your pet. After each application of the solution, rinse the pet thoroughly and begin the process again. For large dogs, you may need to double the ingredients.
What to do if a skunk is trapped on your property
Skunks, opossums, squirrels, and raccoons are known for making their homes in houses, garages or storage sheds. Even though rabies cases are rare, it is not a good idea for a non-professional to try to physically remove any animal from an area. Animals that are about to have offspring often seek shelter and are very aggressive. Call a professional animal removal service. Let Liddle Rascals handle your situation and avoid nasty bites, scars, and scares while doing no harm to your temporary, furry guests. Call us whenever you need infestation help and keep a quart of hydrogen peroxide handy in case your pet encounters a skunk.
If your dog got sprayed by a skunk in Toronto or the Greater Toronto Area, contact Liddle Rascals Wildlife Control. We offer skunk removal services that are safe and humane for both the residents and the animals in question. Our services include a thorough home inspection and advice on repairs, remedies, and prevention.