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What To Do When Your Dog Meets A Skunk

What To Do When Your Dog Meets A Skunk

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Like many dog owners, you probably have a fenced in yard. And like many dog owners you probably don’t give it a second thought when it comes to letting Fido out into the yard to do his business. Unfortunately, this fairly normal way of thinking can pose a problem if your pooch happens upon a skunk.

Your Pup and a Skunk

Chances are, your beloved pooch failed to recognize and retreat when Mr. Skunk gave his warning to back off, resulting in a dog that has been enveloped in the misery that is the distinctive, fetid smelling spray (mercaptan) of a skunk. Even if your dog was able to pick up on the warnings the skunk tried to communicate, the spray of a defensive skunk can travel a distance of up to 15 feet, which could mean even a pup with the instinct to stay away might still have been exposed.

If you were lucky, you made the stinky discovery before you let your pup back into the house. If not, as soon as you do realize Fido has acquired a new perfume, take him back outside immediately. Continue reading to learn how to help Fido in his post-skunked time of need.

What You Will Need:

  • Old cloth towels or paper towels
  • Rubber gloves
  • Eyewash – if your pup was sprayed in the eyes.
  • Garden hose or bucket of water

You may also want to invest in a skunk removal product like Nature’s Miracle Skunk Remover. You can also make your own skunk remover by following Chemist, Paul Krebaum’s recipe and mix the following ingredients together in an open bucket:

Skunk Removal Recipe

  • A quarter cup of baking soda
  • 1 tsp. of liquid soap
  • A quart (4 cups) of hydrogen peroxide

If you have a large dog, add an additional quart (4 cups) of water to the mixture.

Note: Use immediately, leaving this concoction sitting for too long can make it explode. Also, this recipe loses its effectiveness after awhile.

What To Do:

Read the following instructions thoroughly before beginning.

  1. DO NOT RINSE YOUR DOG WITH WATER FIRST!
  2.  Safely secure your dog with a leash or with the help of a friend or family member.
  3. Put on your rubber gloves to protect your hands from picking up skunk oil – make sure your helpers have gloves too.
  4. If using a store bought skunk remover, follow the directions on the bottle. If making your own proceed to step 6.
  5. Look for any scratches or bites. Note: If your dog has been bitten or scratched by the skunk, contact your veterinarian immediately.
  6. If you have made your own mixture: thoroughly work the mixture into your dog’s fur. Pay attention to where the skunk scent is the strongest on your dog. Note: Be careful of your dog’s eyes, skunk remover stings.
  7. Let mixture sit on dog for 5 minutes.
  8. Rinse your dog thoroughly and repeat if necessary.
  9. If your dog’s eyes (face) were skunked, use eyewash. Follow provided directions carefully on store bought eye wash.

Follow up with your veterinarian if your dog starts acting strangely and/or exhibits excessive squinting or vomiting.

Helpful Hints for Keeping your Dog Skunk-Free:

  • Skunks are more active at dawn and dusk so keeping dogs indoors during those times is a good idea.
  • Keep your dog on a leash with supervision.
  • Avoid high grass, as you never know where a skunk may be hiding out.

Discovering Fido has been skunked is never a pleasant experience. However, knowing how to handle the situation will definitely make it less traumatic for you and your pup.

Fortunately, providing your pup with a high quality vitamin supplement, like NuVet Plus canine, is far from traumatic. Comprised of human grade ingredients and flavored in a way that your dog will love, you can make sure that Fido is receiving his daily dose of good nutrition with NuVet Plus. Dog parents everywhere are using NuVet Plus to help combat dietary deficiencies and other things in their dog’s environment that could be negatively impacting their health.

As a result, we regularly receive happy reports on how NuVet supplements have helped to improve the quality of life for many dogs. If you would like to see what people have to say about NuVet Plus, please visit NuVet testimonials.


Pets Love Chicken Liver!

Pets Love Chicken Liver!

Many pet owners know that their pet will gobble up a chicken liver in a matter of seconds, but they don’t realize how beneficial this organ meat is for their pet. Chicken liver is filled with nutrients that can help boost your pet’s overall health and help keep them healthy, but it’s not always convenient to retrieve a chicken liver from the butcher and prepare it for your dog. Pet owners should know that their dog can enjoy all of the benefits of chicken liver, without going through the inconvenience of going to the butcher, by supplementing their pet’s daily diet with NuVet Plus.

 What are the Health Benefits Associated with Chicken Liver?

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• Chicken liver is a rich source of essential amino acids, B-vitamins, folic acid and proteins. Liver is an excellent source of protein for your pet, supporting muscle development and energy levels. It also contains a sufficient amount of fat and Vitamin A, which promotes longevity and quality of life for your pet. Liver, however, should only be offered in moderation.

• Chicken liver is also filled with nutrients such as copper, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc and iron. It also contains Omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients are important components of a healthy, well-balanced diet. The compounds in chicken liver aid in digestion, help to strengthen the nervous system, promote proper tissue development and the production of red blood cells. The properties in chicken liver can be especially beneficial in pets with low iron levels.

• In addition to all of the physical health benefits associated with chicken liver, it can also help your canine or feline companion lead a stress-free life. Research has shown that dogs who consume chicken liver show reduced stress levels and are considered happier than dogs that do not enjoy the benefits of chicken liver. By aiding to relieve stress and support mood balance, chicken liver helps prevent your pet from participating in problem behaviors associated with stress or anxiety.

It is true that chicken liver can easily be purchased from your local supermarket or butcher shop. However, that requires you to properly clean and prepare the organ before serving it to your furry friend. Luckily, there is an easier way to provide the delicious taste and various health benefits associated with chicken liver to your pet. Simply purchase NuVet Plus supplements for your pet. This nutritional supplement is designed to provide your dog with a nutritionally-balanced diet, which includes the highest quality natural ingredients. The chicken liver included in the NuVet Plus supplement is 100 percent pure chicken liver and has been paddle-dried in order to preserve the maximum amount of nutrients in the organ. For more information on the benefits of chicken liver, visit the NuVet Labs website today.