When I found out that I would be traveling extensively for work, I realized that I needed to do something about my pets. I was concerned about them being home alone or staying with a neighbor since I needed to provide for them like I normally would. Unfortunately, because I would be in business meetings all day, I knew that I couldn't take them along for the ride. I decided to start searching for pet day care centers, and I was able to find a boarding business that offered top-notch care to pets. This article is all about improving your pet's experience.
If you opened the door to let in a pet that was outside and find yourself gasping and holding your nose against the smell, you may be dealing with a skunk attack. The stench can bring tears to your eyes and have your pet whimpering. Unfortunately, it is not something you can simply wash away with a bath or shower and until you get rid of all the oils and their smell, the nasty aroma can be spread about the house. Here are the steps to take to deodorize your pet and keep the stench from spreading:
Keep the Animal Where It Is
If your pet hasn't made it through the door yet, make sure to keep it outside. If at all possible, put it on a leash or keep it restricted to a small area of the yard. However, if you have a pet door, or the animal slipped by you into the house, get it to the bathroom as soon as possible and keep it there. Turn on the exhaust fan immediately. You should probably change into clothing you don't mind throwing out before getting near the pet.
Wipe the Oil
Carefully, using paper towels or a cloth, you can toss in the trash, wipe any visible oil from the animal's fur. Blot at it instead of rubbing to keep from spreading the oil and smell. You may want to blot the whole animal to absorb as much of the oil as possible.
Once you have sopped up as much soil as possible, it is time to wash the animal with a deodorizing solution. There are a number of commercial solutions, but you probably don't have one on hand unless skunk attacks are common to your household. Some people will use tomato juice, but again, you may not have enough in the house, and it can leave a funny smell to. The easiest and best solution is to create one yourself. Mix 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide (or you can use apple cider vinegar) with ¼ cup of baking soda and a teaspoon of dish detergent. Do not put this in a closed container as it may expand and cause the bottle to explode. Use a sponge to absorb the solution and then squeeze it out over the pet. Do this until the entire pet has been covered. Allow the pet to sit for a few minutes and then bathe it with pet shampoo.
Anything that came in contact with the oil will need to be cleaned or thrown out. You can use the deodorizing solution on any furniture if necessary. Hopefully, your pet has learned what a skink is and to avoid them. Contact a pet grooming service for more information and assistance.