Skunk Season!

Along With The Nice Weather Come Skunks!

For those of us with pets, especially dogs a couple of facts about these unwelcome guests will be useful.  Skunks are nocturnal animals and typically are more active evenings and nights in search fruit, plants, fish, worms, eggs, small mammals, food in your trash. If have a welcoming environment for these critters be aware that each female produces 2 – 10 little ones every year! Your extended family will grow quickly.

While living on Martha’s Vineyard we had a Sheltie Collie who enjoyed a dog house and nice run in the back yard. Even though we often watched a skunk family stroll through this area most evenings one household member consistently left Scottie out until dark.  Needless to say, research was done and here are some suggestions resulting from that experience:

1. If your pet has long fur have a groomer give him/her a stylish short hair do and a professional shampoo to lesson the smell.

2. Mix together  1 quart of hydrogen peroxide, 1 cup of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of dish soap (Dawn was the one recommended).  Apply and soak your pet for about 20 minutes, then rinse.

3. A variation on the above recipe:  1/2 cup white vinegar, 1 tsp. Dawn, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide.

4. Tomato Juice:  Some folks find that soaking the pet with undiluted tomato juice works well enough, but in our case it was definitely not the solution.

5. Pet stores offer commercial shampoos designed to lesson the odor.

If the smell gets on your cloths you can try#2 or #3, but use laundry detergent instead of Dawn  to lesson the suds.

Sharing your bed with your pets can be a pleasant experience, but keep in mind skunk and flea/tick season before you all start the habit.  The same thoughts should be considered for the furniture humans and pets share, too.



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