What to Do When a Skunk Sprays Your Pet

Skunks are one of the most widespread and common mammals in the United States, and the population is growing in most states. The two most defining features of a skunk are it's color and spray.


Why do skunks spray?

Skunks use their spray in order to defend themselves from predators. Skunk spray has a very potent and displeasing smell. Because it consists of organic compounds containing sulfur, the spray has a very sulfurous smell.

How many times can a skunk spray?

Up to six times in succession.

How far can a skunk spray?

A skunk can spray up to fifteen feet.

Are Skunks Dangerous to Pets?

Having a skunk burrow in your yard or property can be concerning if you have pets. Skunks spray pets when they feel threatened.

The horrible odor is not the only problem with a skunk sprayed dog. The spray can irritate your pet’s eyes, and if ingested, it is likely that your pet will become ill. Common side effects are vomiting and diarrhea. At the first sign of illness, it is best for your pet to see a vet.

Skunks and Rabies

Skunks are one of the primary carriers of rabies in North America (in addition to raccoons,  foxes, and coyotes). In north- or south-central states, skunks are the dominate rabies victims.

Skunks do not have an aggressive predisposition, but if you have a skunk in your yard you should keep your pets' rabies vaccination up to date.

Because skunks are nocturnal, skunks pose a greater danger to pets when it is dark outside. If you have a skunk problem, it is best to leash your pets after dusk to prevent any encounters until your skunk issue is resolved.

All in all, it is best to keep your yard free of skunks for the safety of your pets. If you have a current skunk issue, call a professional for help.

Trutech provides safe and humane skunk removal. Our process includes a thorough inspection, live trapping, and exclusion repairs depending on the situation. Since wildlife is wild, every situation is unique, and we provide solutions that are custom to your skunk situation, your home, and your concerns.

Skunk Spray Remedy

Amazon and Petco sell Nature’s Miracle Skunk Odor Remover, which removes the skunk odor from pets, people, and clothing. Walmart sells De-Skunk Odor Destroyer Pet Shampoo, which breaks down the sulfur from the skunk oil and removes the odor from your cat or dog’s fur.

DIY Skunk Spray Remedy

But, if you have liquid dish soap, baking soda, and 3% hydrogen peroxide, you can make your own de-skunk solution.


  • 1 Quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • 1 tsp of liquid dish soap

To apply the solution, use gloves and thoroughly rub the formula on your pet’s coat. Next, rinse the formula, and then, use pet-friendly shampoo. Repeat these steps as needed.

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