KENNEWICK, Wash. - Imagine you're taking your dog for a walk after work. Fido gets curious and starts snooping around, when all of a sudden... you smell it... and there's nothing you can do to stop it.
That's exactly what happened to Matt Funk and his dog, Brownie. "Brownie and I were out for a walk the other day, and we're going along and she chased a skunk and the thing sprayed her right in the nose."
Of course the home remedies come to mind. Funk said, "I've heard of tomato juice, I've heard you can use tooth paste?"
But think again... tomato juice doesn't neutralize the oil in a skunk's spray, and your dog can end up smelling like the tin the juice came in.
One solution is a simple kitchen mixture:
1/2 cup of baking soda
1 pint hydrogen peroxide
1 tablespoon of dish soap.
You can even mix it with shampoo to give your dog some perfume. But realistically, your best bet is to head to the groomers. At Club K9 in Kennewick, they've cleaned up about 4 skunked pups so far this season.
Coleen McCollough, a groomer at Club K9, told us, "this time of year the skunks are in full force, they're out enjoying their summer just like everyone else, and we see a lot of dogs coming in here skunked."
But Club K9 says the most important thing, is making sure your dog's eyes are ok.
McCollough says "first of all flush the dogs eyes because if any of the skunk's must has gone into the eyes it can be very painful for your dog, it can also cause temporary blindness."
As long as your pet is okay, it's time to combat the smell. Club K9 uses odor destroying shampoo that uses sulfur to counteract the skunk's oil. They let it soak in, followed by a rinse and a dry. An odor eating spray finishes the job, and the best part is, they do all your dirty work.
McCollough says, "rather than playing chemist, come to your groomer, we'd be happy to take care of it for you and you can get back to your summer."
So whether you clean up your pup at home or let the pros take the reins, you'll be wagging your (nice smelling) tails just a few hours later.