How to Protect Yourself from a Spraying Skunk?

One of the most annoying things is getting sprayed by a Denver skunk and reeking of that disreputably powerful skunk mist. The odor is a SC/sulphuric-compound that is used by skunks as a protection mechanism. This technique perfected by Colorado skunks can deter even the fiercest attackers.

Although it is so rare that people actually get sprayed by Denver skunks, but generally, people do worry a lot regarding getting sprayed via a skunk. Skunks actually do not spray without a warning. When they feel that something scary is approaching them, they will give a fair warning. They would stamp their front feet plus then fan out their tail. When they see this, people typically tend to heed this caution and they back off. However, although people rarely get sprayed, dogs usually do because they charge in towards a Colorado skunk even after the warning. Spraying is the only defense that skunks have and they will use it to protect themselves.

So, if you come upon a skunk in a sudden way as you walk out, first stand completely still. Skunks do not have great eyesight and they will not see what is not moving. Stand perfectly still, or gradually back off. Moving close suddenly is what will set the Denver skunks off, so moving slow and talking soothingly will defend you. Also, you may not want to let your dog free roam, especially at night. Skunks are nocturnal creatures, so mostly you will find them leaving their dens at dusk, in the evening, or at night. Avoid walking your dog at night so you wouldn’t both get sprayed because of your dog’s sudden moves. It would be better that dogs are kept in a fenced yard or on a strap during the times when you know Colorado skunks will be out.

In case your pet gets sprayed, mix a quarter of hydrogen peroxide, one by fourth cup of baking soda plus a Tsp/teaspoon of dish soap in a sink. Apply the mix on the sprayed dog with a washrag. Rinse, bathe, and then rinse again. However, if your dog is sprayed directly into the mouth, then you will have to live with bad breath for weeks without being able to do anything about it. In case a Denver skunk sprays anywhere near your house, you can use an odor-neutralizing product every 24 hours until the odor is gone.

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