Today, the Boyz can brag that they both got skunked!
Only Simon got it much worse than Al.
At about 3:00 A.M. this morning, Simon had a close encounter with a baby skunk. His face was wet with skunk oil. We brought him directly to the shower. I covered him with the deskunking shampoo (bought for Alvin), waited 5 min, rinsed, and then repeated the process.
The entire house smells of skunk and deskunking shampoo. At least we got the skunk oil somewhat neutralized with the shampoo.
The Call to the Vet
We also called the vet to see if the dog should get a rabies booster and to see if it's common for a dog to lose his dinner after getting skunked head on. According to the vet tech at the office, as long as there are no open wounds, he doesn't need the booster and yes, it is common to puke after getting skunked (at least for dogs).
- If you have an outdoor shower or a house handy, it may save your house a lot of stink to wash the dog outdoors.
- Our house is enclosed with a fence and now we know where the baby skunks are getting in. Close the entry point asap! If your backyard is open to the woods, guess you're out of luck.
- The sooner you get the skunk oil neutralized, the better. The longer you wait, the longer the smell will linger (up to 2 years!).
flickr photo - Baby skunk in grass from gamppart