What to do if your pet gets sprayed by a skunk

If Fido or Mittens gets sprayed by a skunk, you may be tempted to reach for a can of tomato juice. However, the team at Chico can assure you that this isn’t the best solution. Not only will bathing your pet in tomato juice fail to mask the odour of the skunk’s scent, but it can also irritate your pet’s skin. So what should you do instead? Keep reading to get our expert advice.

Rinse your pet’s eyes

If the skunk’s spray gets into your pet’s eyes, rinse them thoroughly. Your pet will likely resist, but this is an important step that shouldn’t be skipped.

Apply a specialty product

There are various shampoos and sprays that are specifically designed to eliminate skunk odours. If your pet has an unfortunate encounter with Pepé Le Pew, you’ll be glad to have these products on hand. Use them as directed, and the stench will be eliminated.

At Chico, we offer two excellent products:

Animal skunk scent neutralizing duo:
Made in Quebec by Purodora Lab, this is our best seller. Free of parabens, this product is, as its name suggests, sold as a duo. The latter includes a bottle of Skunk Odor Neutralizer and one of Skunk Odor Shampoo and Skunk Odor Neutralizer. Used together, they perfectly neutralize skunk odors on the fur of animals (dogs and cats). From the first treatment, the Animal Skunk Odor Neutralizing Duo removes the foul smell of the skunk, which will not be felt again in future episodes of rain or high humidity. On the contrary, a delicate pleasant smell will accompany your pet.

1-2-3 De-skunking Shampoo

Made in Canada by Le Salon, this biodegradable cleaning product eliminates the smell of skunk in three simple steps. 1-2-3 De-Skunking Shampoo is sulphate-free and contains rosemary oil as well as gentle cleansing agents that thoroughly wash your pet’s fur without causing skin irritation or leaving residue. Suitable for dogs of all ages, this natural formula leaves your pet smelling fresh.

Get your pet vaccinated

It’s important to ask your veterinarian whether your pet has been vaccinated against leptospirosis, which is transmitted by skunks. This serious disease attacks the kidneys, liver and spleen. It also occasionally affects the eyes, nervous system and reproductive system.

Do you need products for your cat or dog? At Chico, we have everything you need to keep your pet happy and healthy (toys, accessories, food, etc.). Visit a Chico pet shop near you!