HEAD: Where There’s Smell, There’s…
If you or your pet has ever tangled with the wrong end of a skunk, you know it’s not pleasant. But skunks are a hazard for more reasons than the odor: some carry rabies and leptospirosis as well. Here are some tips for protecting your pet from the big stink—or worse:
- Make sure your pet is current on rabies and leptospirosis vaccinations! Some signs that a skunk may be rabid include unprovoked aggression, circling, and disorientation.
- Skunks are gentle animals who will usually give ample warning before they spray: stamping front feet, hissing, and twisting their hindquarters around. Dogs tend to ignore these warnings, however, and should be restrained.
- Skunk spray in the face can cause serious eye irritation for pets. If the spray gets into the mouth, gastrointestinal upset may result. Both situations require veterinary attention if after flushing with water the eyes don’t improve, or if your pet stops eating.
- Rinse your pet thoroughly as soon as possible if sprayed by a skunk, so that nothing dries on the coat. There are commercial odor-eliminating shampoos you can purchase, but many people swear by a solution of dishwashing liquid, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide. White vinegar diluted with water is another option.
To make sure your pet’s vaccinations are current or to make an appointment, call us at 999-999-9999.