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dogs and skunks don't mix

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by SquackDaddy, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. SquackDaddy

    SquackDaddy Marion County Member

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    This morning at about 1am, my black lab, Dillenger started whining. I figured I'd better let him outside for a minute so he could relieve himself. My brown lab, Deke, went along with him. Within a few seconds, I knew there was trouble.....my eyes and nose were burning. You guessed it.....Friggin SKUNK! :complain: This is the second time in the last month that they have gotten sprayed. You would think they would have learned the FIRST time.

    Now I'm off to the store to buy a few quarts of Hydrogen Peroxide and some baking soda. I still have the elbow length rubber gloves I used last time.

    I think it's time to get a live trap and a 55 gallon drum full of water and see how long that skunk can hold it's breath. ;)
     
  2. Searcher451

    Searcher451 Oregon Member

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    Happened to us once, a long time ago. It was god-awful, as I recall. The dog thought that he had caught a cat, I think.

    The thing that worked best -- far better than any other store remedy or home remedy -- was tomato juice and tomato paste. There's something about the natural vinegar that snuffs out the skunk smell. I'm sure that you can find something about it online, but it was life-saver for us ... and for our poor dog.
     
  3. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    It could be worse. My cousin got sprayed once when he went to check out a commotion at one of their poultry houses on the farm. Took his 20 ga with him and found a momma skunk and her kits trying to get in and get the eggs.

    He got all of them, but not before they got him. His folks made him strip naked in the barnyard and burned his clothes. He did the tomato juice thing, but he still had to live and eat in the hatchery for a week before they would let him back in the house. :laugh:
     
  4. AvnEng

    AvnEng Corvallis Member

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    At least the dogs are easy to give a bath to. Our dog has gotten sprayed once and the cat has been sprayed a few times. I started a trapping them during the summer and I was up to 13 I think.

    Make sure you have a way of getting them in the bucket without them spraying. I sacrificed a blanket to through over them. I have since heard of making a box or some structure to go over the top so they can't see you walking up on them. Also if they can't get their tail up they can't spray. I was getting some young ones and had a big live trap. It wasn't a good combination.
     
  5. skud_dusty

    skud_dusty Salem, OR Active Member

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    A .22LR round is a lot less money (not to mention a lot more humane) than a barrel and some water ;)
     
  6. SquackDaddy

    SquackDaddy Marion County Member

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    after thinking this thru.....this is the preferred way. My 22/45 will dispatch the annoying little critter quickly and cleanly. :thumbup:
     
  7. gunnails

    gunnails Hillsboro Active Member

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    I was visited by a skunk last month, it got both the cat and dog and my man door going into the garage.

    Just wanted to add that we rinsed the dog and cat with vinegar and baking soda, it was very effective.

    Good thing I had the cat declawed as a kitten.
     
  8. AvnEng

    AvnEng Corvallis Member

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    The skunk will spray when it is dispatched. I have shot them with a 22 mag HP in the ear and it still sprayed. Just be prepared for the smell, it will stick around for a couple of days depending on where it is.

    Also once they get in the trap they will scratch everything under adn around the trap. It other words don't set it in the flowers. If you have a dirt patch that would be best then you can shift the dirt around to get rid of the smell faster.
     
  9. pdxjohann

    pdxjohann Portland near Tigard Member

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    Coug, the P's made him live in the chicken house???? :) That's a crazy riot. Poor kid. What nick name did that earn him?
     
  10. torpedoman

    torpedoman land of corrupt politicians Member

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    wash dog off with a rag soaked in peroxide when he dries the odor is gone save the tomato juice for bloody marys.
     
  11. gimlet1/21

    gimlet1/21 ellensburg,WA New Member

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    As a kid me and a couple of friends found some traps in a buddies garage. Well, we set them and baited with sardines, 13 traps= 12 skunks and we had to recover the traps. We got sprayed so many times they would not allow us to return to school for a week.:laugh:
     
  12. SquackDaddy

    SquackDaddy Marion County Member

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    I washed the dogs with a mixture of Hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and dishwashing liquid. Within minutes all the smell was gone. Now I have a live trap set with some cat food inside for bait. Waiting.......waiting......waiting....:cool:
     
  13. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    We got sprayed so many times they would not allow us to return to school for a week.

    Dang, that's one tough way to get out of school! :wow:
     
  14. soberups

    soberups Newberg Well-Known Member

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    Massengill feminine hygiene products are the best at neutralizing skunk odor. I'm not being gross or making a joke, its the truth, I grew up on a farm and when one of our dogs got skunked thats what my mom used to wash them off with.
     
  15. the4thshake

    the4thshake Portland Active Member

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    Zip tie an old towel to the live catch trap when you set it so Mr. Stinky is't so alarmed by you approaching to "dispatch" him. Trappers often us a "dispatch" pole to avoid being sprayed. It's a syringe on a pole basicly. They are easy to make and inject ordinary acetone. The link describes it better then I can.

    http://www.trapperman.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=252971

    Your other option is to use a conibear or similar "body hold" trap. No dispatch needed. Just dont use them where pets can get to them.
     
  16. SquackDaddy

    SquackDaddy Marion County Member

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    Update:
    So far I have caught my wife's black and white cat TWICE! :bluelaugh: but no skunk as of yet. DSCN2696.jpg