Our dogs love to play outside when the weather gets nice. They are curious about everything they find, especially if it moves, makes noise or smells interesting. Unfortunately, this includes some unwelcome visitors like porcupines and skunks. Both of these trouble makes like to come out to feed at dawn and dusk and are more active at night. Because of this, the best way to avoid having your dog try to make friends with one is to keep them on a leash or in a fenced yard after dark and early in the AM. If they do decide to visit with one of these critters, there are some things you should know.
If your pet meets up with a skunk and gets sprayed with that lovely odor, it is NOT a medical emergency. Fortunately for us, it is best treated at home. After years of experimentation, we have found the best remedy is: Mix 1 quart hydrogen peroxide, 1 Tablespoon Dawn dish soap and 1/4 cup Baking Soda. Bathe thoroughly, really working the solution through the hair, and let soak for at least 10 minutes. Rinse and let air dry. You can repeat this if needed and it will really cut down on the smell. Most dogs will retain some residual odor, especially when they get wet, for weeks. Be aware, if you have a black dog the peroxide may cause some bleaching of the hair but it will grow back in black again.
If your pet is unfortunate enough to tackle a porcupine, the key things to know are: DO NOT cut the quills short, this just makes them harder to pull out. DO NOT try to pull them out yourself. Quills are barbed and the barb is buried under the skin so when you pull, you are not pulling a straight needle, you are pulling the tail of the barb, tearing the skin and causing more pain than when the quill went in. Unless your dog only has a few quills, you will end up with a painful, upset pet that still has quills to remove and needs to go to a veterinarian for sedation to get them out. For everyone's benefit, just come straight to us, let us give your friend some sedation and get all (or most) of the quills out painlessly. If quills are left in, they can become buried and migrate through the body, potentially causing long term issues and requiring multiple surgeries to get them out.
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