Is Skunk Spray Poisonous To Dogs?

Posted on August 24, 2021
Baby skunk standing on log in Burlington backyard

Dogs are notoriously curious creatures. They are often known to sniff out small animals in their backyard out of curiosity. While rabbits and squirrels will simply flee in the face of a dog, a skunk has a notorious response. Skunks will often spray and release a foul-smelling odor from their anal glands. This spray can reach up to 15 feet away from them. While this is a great method of protection for skunks, the toxic effects can linger for months.

If Your Dog Gets Sprayed By A Skunk

Skunk spray does not just have a terrible odour, it also has many negative effects on dogs. If skunk spray gets ingested through the eyes or mouth, your dog may experience temporary blindness and not be able to see for several hours. This should not cause any permanent damage, but they may scratch or bite the area to relieve irritation.

In order to lessen the irritation and help your pet feel well again, prepare to wash them immediately after. Skunk spray could last anywhere from several weeks to even months if action is not taken quickly.

What You'll Need:

Two bulldog puppies sitting in bamboo bath bucket

Remove The Spray

If your dog has been sprayed by a skunk, make sure to bathe them immediately. Much like humans, a dog should be bathed to eliminate the smell. Rather than turning to tomato juice, create the ideal treatment for your animal using peroxide, baking soda and baby shampoo.

Mix 1/4 cup baking soda, 1-quart hydrogen peroxide, and 1-2 tsp of baby soap together in a bucket. The baking soda and peroxide will take away any leftover skunk smell.

Apply the mixture to your pet and scrub thoroughly while making sure to keep the mixture away from the dog’s eyes and mouth. Do not let the treatment rest on pets’ fur for more than a couple of minutes because it may bleach their fur. Rinse thoroughly with water and repeat 1-2 times before drying. We also recommend that you wear gloves to protect yourself from skunk odour and peroxide.

Wash Your Dog

Owners should wash their dogs two to five hours after they got sprayed. At this point, the skunk’s odour has not set in completely, so it is still possible to eliminate or reduce it with extra care for your animal.

Use a pet-friendly shampoo and lather it all over their body, focusing on very smelly areas. Rinse them with water, then repeat these steps several times over. This should leave them smelling and feeling great!

Washing skunk spray off of curly-haired dog

When To Seek Help From Supportive Care

We strongly recommend that you bring your dog to the vet if they show any worsening symptoms. This may be in the form of a rash on their skin or sleeping for a long period of time. Skunk spray is also known to damage red blood cells and cause anemia in dogs. A skilled veterinarian would be able to help identify the issue, determine the next steps and take action to help them get better.

Get Rid of Skunks On Your Property​

Rather than risk getting sprayed by a skunk, call Wildside Wildlife Prevention & Removal Ltd. We are one of the best wildlife removal companies in Oakville, Hamilton, Burlington, Milton and Waterdown. Our team of professionals will ensure that every skunk is quickly, efficiently and humanely removed from your property.