Thursday, July 21, 2011

My dog killed a skunk... Warning... Dead skunk pic.

Yep. Henry got his first skunk last night, about 100' from the turkey pen. He was just protecting the livestock, right? Riiiiight... He bounded off into the bushes, leaping around like a fox hunting in the snow. Next thing I know, he's wiping his face in the grass. Yuck. It was a young skunk, and Henry appeared to have killed it with little to no resistance. Luckily, he hadn't gotten bitten, and is up to date on his rabies shots. Skunk appeared healthy (other than the whole being dead part).

So, I got to stay up late, washing skunk stank off my dog. The miracle mixture? A bottle of peroxide, a heaping 1/4 cup of baking soda, and a good squirt of dish soap. Mixed it all together, lathered him up, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Took the stink away like magic! Luckily, it didn't really get his face, just his neck. I think he hated the bath more than the spray. Lol. Poor kid. No... Poor me. After washing the stinky pup, I got to go out and cut the head off the skunk with a shovel. See, when I was a kid, rabies was a terrifying thing. More than once, one of the dogs got a skunk. We would have to quarantine the dog while the vermin was tested. I cut the head off so the brain could be tested if necessary. Quadruple bagged it and popped it in the shop freezer, as the brain apparently decomposes pretty fast. I was up until nearly midnight... Ugh. Turns out not necessary. I called our vet this morning, and they said don't worry about it, since Henry is up to date on shots and wasn't bitten. Just need to keep an eye on him to make sure he doesn't react badly to the spray. I guess some dogs have severe reactions. So much for my paranoia. Anyhow, at least that little skunk won't be developing a taste for poultry, eh?

The cherry on top? Henry went and rolled in the spray this afternoon, and I got to wash him again... Oh joy! :)


(This post gets a LOT of hits. Leave a comment if you have a moment! :) I would love to hear if the peroxide mixture worked for you, or hear your dog vs skunk story.)

9 comments:

LindaG said...

Maybe he thought it would keep the fleas away or something...
Thanks for the clean-up directions. Have a good weekend!

Robin J. said...

Oh joy of joys indeed. Bad Henry. I'm not sure why dogs feel the need to roll in something bad after they have had a fresh bath. It never fails. :)

Soooo...call me weird but I always have liked the smell of skunk spray. Not sure if I would if I had to clean up a sprayed dog though...

Rae said...

Skunk spray smell doesn't really bother me if I smell it in passing... Sorta smells like home, lol, as we lived on a rural road where skunks regularly committed suicide. Up close, though... Retch. It burns your sinuses, and doesn't smell like skunk as much. Sort of how perfume can smell nice from several feet away, but spray it in your face and all you can smell is the alcohol (and the burning). Lol. :)

Paula said...

I'm one of those people who like the smell of skunk wafting on the air in the country- it reminds me of taking a ride as my dad called it, when we'd all pile into the car and do a day trip and picnic. Being from the burbs, those were happy times out in the country.

But I can second the motion on skunk spray in your own back yard being a whole 'nuther animal.

I'm glad you don't have anything to worry about with H, but I wonder if it was a young one if there are others for him to find. It's pretty amazing that he actually got it before it got him. Or maybe as it got him.

Good boy.

kpannabecker said...

Way to go Henry. Yup, up close it smells so much worse. I learned that about 5 years ago. My dogs haven't gotten one since but I'm sure they will now that I just typed that. I used the same bath as you.

Lana from Farm Life Lessons said...

Rae - you had me laughing so hard! I think my dog would've done the same thing with going back to roll in the spray, but I wouldn't have imagined it to be something to worry about. Love the picture of the dead skunk! I bet Henry will be addicted to skunk now! haha.

Lana at www.FarmLifeLessons.blogspot.com said...

P.S. I am so happy we both got eggs so close together. Mine are so TINY!! But, we do think they were laid by Miss Speckles. Also, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed reading a little of your blog. I'll be back.
I've tried several times to leave a comment. I guess the skunk smell has Blogger running the other way.
Mike - Ourlittlemeadow.blogspot.com

Rae said...

Mike, thanks for stopping by! Blogger can be frustratingly glitchy sometimes. :)