Having a dog here in the Northwoods of Wisconsin generally means at some point or another you will need to deal with them being sprayed by a skunk.
Although I haven’t seen half as many skunks here in Rhinelander as I did when I lived in lower New Mexico, I definitely do smell them a lot. Smelling skunk doesn’t always mean that there is one in close proximity though. If your neighbor hit one with their car, you could smell that; or you could smell it from quite a distance depending on the breeze that day. The scent from a skunk can travel up to a mile if not a little more under the correct conditions.
Everyone knows you can definitely tell when your dog has been sprayed by a skunk, but do you know to check your dog to make sure they didn’t get into a fight with it? Although skunks try to avoid humans as well as other animals, a skunk will fight if the need arises. Skunks have well- developed claws intended for digging, but they definitely would be an advantage in a fight. They also have sharp teeth which can do damage. Skunks can carry rabies, so if your pet isn’t up to date on their shots when they are bit, they could become infected if the skunk is rabid.
Keeping their pets safe is always a number one priority for owners; therefore, this is just one more step to doing that. This doesn’t just apply to dogs; this is something pet owners of any type of animal need to know if their pet spends time outside.
If you don’t feel comfortable making your own, we do offer Nature’s Miracle Skunk Odor Remover.
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